Re: internationalization assumption

From: Antoine Leca (
Date: Wed Sep 29 2004 - 08:07:19 CST

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    On Tuesday, September 28th, 2004 03:22 "Tom" wrote:
    > Let's say. The test engineer ensures the functionality and validates
    > the input and output on major Latin 1 languages, such as German,
    > French, Spanish, Italian,

    Just a side point: French cannot be fully addressed with Latin 1.
    Of course, it is good enough for things like say order entry (since all the
    keyboards do not provide access to the "missing" letters), but if you care
    about i18n, it is probably not good enough.

    Also, it strikes me that the test engineer validates "major Latin 1
    languages" but yet misses the most used of them.

    > If those products handle all languages as addressed above, could it
    > be assumed that the entire character sets in whole latin 1

    Probably not. About every language has its peculiarities (which is a good
    reason to have validated platforms instead of trying to validate products
    one by one). For example, in Catalan, we have special rules for hyphenating
    "" (which is a Latin1 character, present on the keyboards); I am sure there
    are other special rules for other languages, too; in fact, I am sure that
    there is no product nor any platform that can claim to support *all* such
    rules, so there are always limits.


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