[sword-devel] language/locale codes

Peter von Kaehne refdoc at gmx.net
Wed Nov 11 23:28:56 MST 2009

Chris Little wrote:
> Other things to consider:
> 1) If a module in a new language is released, should that module be
> tagged as beta or tagged as requiring the next release of Sword until
> the next release of Sword comes?

As long as we put out frequent point releases of sword this would be no
real question. The problem becomes a problem only if the next sword
release is an indetermined number of months away.

But, should frequent point releases not happen I would vastly prefer to
present an "undetermined" language module than telling people the module
is ready but you can not use it.

Another aspect - we can of course do a roll call prior to upcoming
releases and ask which languages are currently worked on/anticipated to
become available and add them in at that time.

> 2) Should ancient, historic, & extinct languages ever be listed in their
> own language? 

I think your argument (deleted in my response) is correct, only the
alternative is not inspiring either - to have a language name present in

Maybe this is fine for really odd languages where essentially only
scientists have an idea (I never heard of some of the languages you
mentioned), but there is the not small collection of ancient and extinct
languages which are widely understood by people from a variety of

Hebrew, Syriac, Latin, Sanskrit, Geez and probably more.

These languages all share that they still have liturgical or other daily
use for some people and should therefore either be available under their
own name or under a localised name. Which adds probably enormous complexity.


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