From: Jordi Mas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Oct 23 2002 - 06:20:21 EDT
En/na Francesco Cheratzu ha escrit:
> The latter part of my message was "wishful thinking". sc-IT is to be used
> without doubt.
> What I meant was that we might have a problem in the future if we want to
> translate Abiword in Gallurese-sardinian which is quite different from the
> other three dialects.
> Just to add wood to the fire in Sardinia we also have a Catalan dialect
> spoken in the town of Alghero (and only there!) and a Genovese dialect (so
> called Tabarchino) spoken on the small islands of S. Pietro and S. Antioco
> (on the south west coast of Sardinia). For simplicity's sake I won't go into
> the various sub-dialects of the main variants. The real problem is that
> Sardinia should be considered as a seperate country... but this is wishful
> thinking once again.
I know very well that you are talking about. Unfortunally, until we change the
Abiword locale system, we can only include languages that have a proper ISO
code. I'm very concern about minor languages but we have to make a distinction
between dialects and languages.
The Catalan dialect spoken in Alghero in just a dialect, is the Catalan
language, the same spoken in South of France (well, Northern Catalonia)
Andorra, and parts of Spain. In 'Vall d'Aran' they spoke Aranès that is a
dialect of Occitan with their own peculiarities, for now they have to live
marking the text as Occitan.
We can have a very interesting and apasionate talk about what is a dialect
and what is a language, but for now I think that we just should follow the ISO
language table since I do not think that we have time/resources to create an
alternate resource and it is out of our scope. However, Abiword is free
software, if someone wants to add its one locale and does not break the
product is more than welcome.
Anyway, I think that we are improving Abiword, now you have a Sardinian
language option and you can at least mark your texts with that language tag.
Jordi Mas http://www.softcatala.org
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