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Re: Automatic language selection

From: Reshat Sabiq <sabiq(at)purdue(dot)edu>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: Andreas Pflug <pgadmin(at)pse-consulting(dot)de>,pgadmin-support(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Automatic language selection
Date: 2004-03-27 18:31:44
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Although you have a point, i still think asking for a locale provides 
1. Some system locales might not be supported.
2. Multilingual people might want to choose a locale other than their 
system locale.
3. Some users don't have admin privileges to change their system locale 
with only a tiny disadvantage:
1. Users need to click the Enter key to choose the default locale once 
when they launch it the first time (the message there could make it a 
little clearer where default is coming from). I think clicking Enter 
once is not a big deal.

My 2 cents.

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Peter Eisentraut wrote:

>Andreas Pflug wrote:
>>Forgot to mention:
>>If selecting "Default", the system locale *is* used, as it is to
>>display the language selection box. We had a bug not storing the
>>user's choice for "Default" to configuration which was fixed
>To me this is not so much a question of functionality, it's a question 
>of user interface design: don't bother the user with unnecessary 
>questions.  The application works perfectly well with the default 
>(system locale) language, and the vast majority of users probably never 
>want to change it.  It's okay to have a menu entry to change the 
>language (although personally I find it unnecessary), but you don't 
>need to ask on startup.  Imagine if every GUI application you started 
>asked for the language the first time.  You would never get any work 
>done.  It's also not helped by the fact that normally Afrikaans is the 
>default choice and you need to scroll around to find other popular 
>languages.  I've seen people look at the pgAdmin language selection 
>dialog and most were puzzled or annoyed ("Where is my language?", "Why 
>does it have to ask this?", "Why can't pgAdmin work like the other 

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