Re: Globalized lists

From: Jukka K. Korpela (
Date: Tue Dec 13 2005 - 05:21:12 CST

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    On Mon, 12 Dec 2005, Mike Ayers wrote:

    > Given a dynamic list to enumerate into a sentence ( "dog", "cat",
    > "mouse", "ostrich" ), how do I proceed? The list items themselves are
    > already globalized, it is the creation of the syntactically correct localized
    > string declaring the list ( "dog, cat, mouse, and ostrich" ).

    I'm afraid there are no general-purpose definitions of locale data for
    list format. The current CLDR data contains a list separator definition,
    but only for numeric lists, see>
    and it may conflict with the normal list conventions of a language.
    It is typically set to the semicolon ";" even if the normal list separator
    is a comma ",", since in lists of numbers the use of a comma might cause
    serious confusion, if commas are already used as decimal separators
    (1,2, 4,5, 8,9 is hard to read, so 1,2; 4,5; 8,9 is used, even though
    non-numeric lists use commas).

    It might be useful to add definitions of list separators for non-numeric
    lists into the CLDR format, for several reasons. The obvious complication
    is that you use both the general list separator (e.g., ",") and the
    special separator to be used before the last item of a list (e.g.,
    " and " or, if a serial comma is used, ", and"). This looks rather
    straightforward to me, so that only two simple strings would be needed for
    each locale, but I might be missing some obvious and non-obvious issues.

    Jukka "Yucca" Korpela,

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