Subject: Re: [htdig3-dev] Simple Patch on PLURAL_MATCHES for 3.1.4
From: Jerome ALET (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 20 2000 - 02:46:19 PST
On Thu, 20 Jan 2000, Torsten Neuer wrote:
> Jerome ALET wrote:
> > - improve the global locale support (independently of htdig) to
> > include what we, and certainely others, want. The benefit would be great
> > for everyone whose native language is not English (if it would be used by
> > application developpers of course).
> With regards to plural suffixes there is a problem:
> There are languages which do not have a plural suffix, but instead
> or pluralization words (pluralization taken from the context). Also
> are exceptions in most languages (like "trousers" in English, which does
> have a singular form, or "mouse" which has a completely different plural
that's why I think my approach is more general. I really think that all
this (not only pluralization) should be managed by the locales, and have
nothing to do with htdig which should only use the correct (future) locale
functions to solve the internationalization problem. I understand this is
not really part of the htdig project, but this would be great for htdig
and for a lot of other applications.
what you wrote make me think: couldn't ispell and associated tools help
us, ispell dependency and speed problem apart ? AFAIK ispell knows
different forms for same words, e.g.: write wrote written are three
different forms of the same verb. (I must say I've never used ispell, but
I think it does).
> One reason why I don't feel too happy with the choice of the proposed
> guration tag (a bit too general and thus can lead to misunderstandings).
dont' take me wrong: I think the patch should be included for now because
it's better than nothing and because I can't code something better, but we
should all keep in mind that this sort of patch will lead us to spaghetti
in a mid to long term.
any thoughts ?
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