Dave Cragg dcragg at
Mon Nov 13 11:46:25 EST 2006

On 13 Nov 2006, at 16:28, Richmond Mathewson wrote:

> However, when I initially installed Mac OS 10.1 on
> this machine & subsequently upgraded all the way to
> 10.4 the installed language was US English - I
> understood that the other 2 (although who thinks that
> US English and British English are separate languages
> escapes me - dialects surely) were added later.
> I also find the use of double quotes a bit odd, as if
> there is some sort of difference between "en-GB" and
> simple bg. I wonder if a 'pure' US system install
> returns "en-US" or just en. And, is this all part of
> that hairy-chested nonsense that has been going on on
> both sides of the Atlantic since the "American
> Colonies" did the sensible thing?

Thanks for the confirmation.

I think you're reading too much into it. The quotes seem to surround  
any hyphenated entry, presumably for parsing purposes. (see the  "zh- 
Hans", "zh-Hant" items in my earlier mail)

As for nonsense, perhaps. But it may be useful to applications that  
need to know whether to stiffen their lip or not. A "en-Cowdenbeath"  
entry might be a useful warning for some programs too. :-)


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