Localizing variants of English

  • Hello:

    I've looked around, but haven't dug up anything regarding my question.

    I know how to localize a Cocoa application for various languages
    (English, Dutch, German, etc.).  But is there a way to create
    different dialects of a language?  Such as, is there a way to localize
    (or localise) an application so it is aware of say U.S. English versus
    British English?

    I imagine something similar might even pertain to other variants, such
    as Swiss German, versus High German, or Western Spanish versus
    European Spanish, etc.

    Regards,

    Chad
  • Yes. There are language codes also for dialects, e.g. en-gb is
    British English.

    Christiaan

    On 6 Jan 2008, at 12:14 AM, Chad Armstrong wrote:

    > Hello:
    >
    > I've looked around, but haven't dug up anything regarding my question.
    >
    > I know how to localize a Cocoa application for various languages
    > (English, Dutch, German, etc.).  But is there a way to create
    > different dialects of a language?  Such as, is there a way to
    > localize (or localise) an application so it is aware of say U.S.
    > English versus British English?
    >
    > I imagine something similar might even pertain to other variants,
    > such as Swiss German, versus High German, or Western Spanish versus
    > European Spanish, etc.
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Chad
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  • Wouldn't make much sense for Swiss German since it's not a full
    language as such, many components of a "full language" like High
    German or English are missing (i.e. there are only 2 tenses for verbs,
    present and present perfect). But for other languages this actually
    would/could make sense…

    Best
    Fabian

    PS.: I am Swiss ;-)

    Fabian Schuiki
    <fabianschuiki...>

    Am 06.01.2008 um 00:17 schrieb Christiaan Hofman:

    > Yes. There are language codes also for dialects, e.g. en-gb is
    > British English.
    >
    > Christiaan
    >
    > On 6 Jan 2008, at 12:14 AM, Chad Armstrong wrote:
    >
    >> Hello:
    >>
    >> I've looked around, but haven't dug up anything regarding my
    >> question.
    >>
    >> I know how to localize a Cocoa application for various languages
    >> (English, Dutch, German, etc.).  But is there a way to create
    >> different dialects of a language?  Such as, is there a way to
    >> localize (or localise) an application so it is aware of say U.S.
    >> English versus British English?
    >>
    >> I imagine something similar might even pertain to other variants,
    >> such as Swiss German, versus High German, or Western Spanish versus
    >> European Spanish, etc.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >>
    >> Chad
    >> _______________________________________________
    >> MacOSX-dev mailing list
    >> <MacOSX-dev...>
    >> http://www.omnigroup.com/mailman/listinfo/macosx-dev
    >
    > _______________________________________________
    > MacOSX-dev mailing list
    > <MacOSX-dev...>
    > http://www.omnigroup.com/mailman/listinfo/macosx-dev
  • On Jan 5, 2008, at 3:14 PM, Chad Armstrong wrote:

    > I've looked around, but haven't dug up anything regarding my question.
    > I know how to localize a Cocoa application for various languages
    > (English, Dutch, German, etc.).  But is there a way to create
    > different dialects of a language?  Such as, is there a way to
    > localize (or localise) an application so it is aware of say U.S.
    > English versus British English?
    >
    <http://developer.apple.com/documentation/MacOSX/Conceptual/BPInternational/
    Articles/LanguageDesignations.html
    >

    mmalc
  • On Jan 5, 2008, at 3:17 PM, Christiaan Hofman wrote:

    > Yes. There are language codes also for dialects, e.g. en-gb is
    > British English.
    >
    Typically you should specify a locale, not a language ID. For a
    project locale, it would be en_GB.
    <http://developer.apple.com/documentation/MacOSX/Conceptual/BPInternational/
    Articles/LanguageDesignations.html
    >

    On Jan 5, 2008, at 3:21 PM, Fabian Schuiki wrote:

    > Wouldn't make much sense for Swiss German since it's not a full
    > language as such, many components of a "full language" like High
    > German or English are missing (i.e. there are only 2 tenses for
    > verbs, present and present perfect). But for other languages this
    > actually would/could make sense…
    >
    As the above reference describes, there's more to a locale than just
    language...

    mmalc
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