Re: Should names for sexes be included into CLDR?

From: Jukka K. Korpela (
Date: Wed Oct 04 2006 - 01:07:27 CST

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    On Tue, 3 Oct 2006, Mark Davis wrote:

    > CLDR is not a multilingual glossary of arbitrary terms. It is designed
    > around structure and data used for general software internationalization.


    > While one might have male vs female check-boxes on a website registration
    > form, one might also have age ranges, income levels, pet preferences,
    > magazines already subscribed to, occupations, seat preference, etc.;

    Indeed. But the coding of age ranges etc. has not been standardized and
    internationalized. For income levels, for example, if they are expressed
    as ranges of sums of money (implying "per month" or "per year" for
    example), CLDR already gives useful localization data, except for the
    general question how to express a range, assuming you have already
    localized its limits. The general range issue seems common and important
    enough to be considered later.

    Meanwhile, indicating sex _has_ been standardized and internationalized,
    in an ISO standard that also seems to regard localization issue as
    important, since it uses many pages to describe various localizations
    informatively. Wouldn't it be natural for CLDR to take it from there?

    Jukka "Yucca" Korpela,

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