Keyboard layouts and CLDR

Marcel Schneider via Unicode unicode at
Tue Jan 30 13:42:02 CST 2018

On Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:34:40 -0700, Doug Ewell via Unicode wrote:
> Marcel Schneider wrote:
> > That tends to prove that Mac users accept changes, while Windows users
> > refuse changes.
> I was going to say that was a gross over-generalization, but that didn't
> adequately express how gross it was. It's just plain wrong. Pardon my
> bluntness.
> How about: Windows is often used in the workplace, where users may not
> have the freedom or motivation to make their own changes and be
> different from other users, while Macs are often used by individuals who
> do. That's an over-generalization too, but not quite at the level of
> "Windows users refuse changes."

Iʼm relieved to be wrong, and that “such a discrepancy” that “I fail[ed] to 
understand” doesnʼt exist.

I know a company that prescribes and delivers Apple hardware to all its 
affiliates. Second-hand retailers offer very few Apple machines while they 
have plenty of PC computers, whose turnover at business customers is
two years. Apple computers are not replaced every two years in workplaces. 
That may be a reason why Apple Inc. takes steps to get them replaced 
nevertheless, as Alastairʼs report you quoted [and I already answered] 
might suggest (but stop, no more over-interpretation!).

> Alastair Houghton replied:
> > I think, rather, that Apple is (or has been) prepared to make radical
> > changes, even at the expense of backwards compatibility and even where
> > it knows there will be short term pain from users complaining about
> > them, where Microsoft is more conservative.
> That too. Good point. 

Very good point.



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