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Advogato.org: Internationalization guidelines

GNU and Gnome software is getting better and better at
internationalization (i18n) and localization (l10n). Yet there are
still thorny issues to sort out.

“Nowadays, more often than not, free software tends to try to
speak foreign languages, reflecting the fact that the free software
development community is spread across dozens of countries around
the world….”

“Most users in non English-speaking countries will be delighted
to see computers at least trying to speak their mother tongue. Some
people, particularly in the United States, tend to believe that
most people around the world speak English, at least as a foreign
language. This is a myth. The reality is rather the
following….”

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