From: Jukka K. Korpela (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 03 2006 - 04:25:44 CST
On Tue, 3 Oct 2006, Jon Hanna wrote:
> There's another question about recording this, do we just use adjectives,
> just nouns or adjectives, nouns and perhaps other terms (man, woman, boy,
> girl as some English examples)?
A good question, though perhaps best deferred to a later stage. Actually,
after an eventual inclusion of the basic data, I would primarily worry
about the forms used in conjunction with numerals. Information to be
displayed may well be something that would be e.g. "42 men, 41 women" or
"42 male, 41 female". The appropriate word might be an irregular plural,
as "men", or it might be something completely different, like singular
form in a particular form, and it may even depend on the value of the
numeral modulo 10, as in Russian.
So before opening such cans of worms, maybe the basic data should be
defined. I think there are apparent candidates for the values in the
default (root) locale for values 1 and 2, namely MALE SIGN and FEMALE
SIGN, and 0 might reasonably be QUESTION MARK, and perhaps 9 is best
rendered as EN DASH by default.
-- Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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