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Re: [PATCH] Re-localise conflict prompt

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:03:47 +0200

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 08:52:49PM +0200, Mattias Engdegård wrote:
> 4. The abbreviated option codes for input at the conflict prompt
> ("e", "mc", etc). I argue for localisation of these to make them go
> with the rest of the conflict prompt and to be mnemonic for the
> user;

I agree with everything you're saying expect the above quoted bit.

The reason I don't agree is related to what Mike posted here:
http://svn.haxx.se/dev/archive-2013-04/0196.shtml

The keys people type at the conflict prompt will eventually become
part of muscle memory. What is mnemonic to one person might not be
mnemonic to someone else.

Please consider that many, if not all, aspects of localization are
personal choices and often a matter of taste. For example, I'm a native
speaker of German and currently live in Germany, but my knowledge of
English is very close to a native speaker (I've lived abroad a few years).
I prefer to speak English to several of my friends who are also multilingual
and live in Germany, and I prefer to speak English to computers and expect
them to speak English to me. I can easily imagine that people who know more
than one language might have similar priorities or might even switch between
several languages all the time. In which case having to type different keys
at a menu prompt depending on the language can be counterproductive,
especially for fast typists.
Received on 2013-04-11 14:04:25 CEST

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