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Re: Localization of user replies

From: Marc Haisenko <haisenko_at_webport.de>
Date: 2004-12-09 10:43:22 CET

On Wednesday 08 December 2004 20:01, Philip Martin wrote:
> Lübbe Onken <l.onken@rac.de> writes:
> > Øyvind A. Holm wrote:
> >> Log message unchanged or not specified
> >> a)bort, c)ontinue, e)dit
> >
> > de: (A)bbrechen, Weiterma(c)hen, B(e)arbeiten ;-)
> That's still a latin alphabet; what about, say, Chinese? Is a/c/e
> still acceptable?

Yes, it is.

I don't know how simple chinese is entered, but I do know that writing
japanese either involves a special keyboard (haven't seen one yet) or have
special input methods where you enter text in Romanji (transcription of
japanese words with latin letters) and it then gets translated into Kanji or
Kana (where you can choose between several letters). (I'm currently learning

E.g. in Linux to enter はい (hai = yes) I press <shift>+<space>, a small window
containing a Hiragana "a" appears to show that I've enabled the Kanji/Kana
input mode and then I enter "hai<enter>" and disable the input mode again
with <shift>+<space>. I won't describe it any further, but just wanted to
show you that without a special Japanese keyboard one has to enter several
letters just to get one Kanji or Kana (I guess even then you'd have to switch
between Latin and Japanese mode).

Just to test it, I've installed the Japanese i18n package of KDE and switched
to Japanese. After most menu entries you see a latin letter in parenthesis
for the shortcuts, same for buttons in dialogs (e.g. if open kwrite, write
some text and try to close the window then I get a message and three buttons,
and after each is either a "(S)", "(D)" or "(C)" which come from save,
discard and cancel. So other software is doing this as well (and KDE has
pretty good I18N support !)


Marc Haisenko
Webport IT-Services GmbH
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