[Etoys] Translation on traditional chinese

Yoshiki Ohshima yoshiki at vpri.org
Tue Dec 9 02:58:39 EST 2008

  I meant to say ISO-639; yes it is of course about the languages not
country.  But it is languages and regions.  ISO-639 specifies the
language as the primary key and the region as the secondary key.  The
display name (shown on screen) can be anything.  I'm not familiar with
the difference of Chinese in Taiwan and Hong Kong (and Macau?), but if
that is not a problem, we could go with "Traditional Chinese" (with
Chinese characters in parenthesis) for the display name.

  However, this of course may be provokative to the other side of
Strait; just by diverging from the international standard.

-- Yoshiki

At Tue, 9 Dec 2008 15:31:23 +0800,
洪朝貴 wrote:
> For the political problem, I don't think it is enough to
> have a Taiwan-specific version. We don't have a mechanism
> like The Great Firewall of China:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Shield_Project
> and therefore people in Taiwan will inevitably see the
> discrepency between the international version and the
> local version. It surely will provoke negative emotions.
> My proposal is: simply remove Taiwan. Please label it as
> "Traditional Chinese" or "pre-modern Chinese". Taiwan does not
> appear in the UN list of country names, and we are talking
> about languages, not countries, so it is reasonable
> not to mention Taiwan at all. What do you think? This will
> still provoke some negative responses, but this is as close
> to an acceptable solution as I can come up with. After all,
> these 2.4M people who have been enjoying freedom of speech
> for a few decades may better grasp the meaning of free
> software than the 1.3B people who never did. And eventually
> an FS project will need the help of these 2.4M people to
> explain this to those 1.3B people. Many thanks in advance for
> your thoughtful considerations that prioritize human right
> and freedom of speech.
> CK
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