What is en_US ?

Markku Kolkka markkuk at tuubi.net
Wed Jun 13 14:47:38 UTC 2007

Timothy Murphy kirjoitti viestissään (lähetysaika keskiviikko 13 
kesäkuu 2007):
> I'd like to enter a small caveat
> about the use of the description "en_US"
> when there is no other version of English on offer,
> eg when installing Fedora.

Fedora actually supports en_AU, en_BW, en_CA, en_DK, en_GB, 
en_HK, en_IE, en_IN, en_NZ, en_PH, en_SG, en_US, en_ZA and en_ZW 
locales. If you need to pick one variant as a default, en_US is 
reasonable because it has the largest number of users (AFAIK). 

> First of all, the difference between different variants of
> English is negligible, in my opinion.
> I never heard of anyone misunderstanding something
> because it was in en_US rather than in en_GB.

The locales cover a lot more than just spelling, e.g. date/time 
and numeric formatting. I guess that labeling money amounts 
with "$" would irritate en_GB users more than spelling "humour" 
as "humor". 

 Markku Kolkka
 markku.kolkka at iki.fi

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