The Unicode Standard and ISO

Marcel Schneider via Unicode unicode at
Sun Jun 10 02:10:27 CDT 2018

On Sat, 9 Jun 2018 21:21:40 -0700, Steven R. Loomis via Unicode wrote:
> Marcel,
> The idea is not necessarily without merit. However, CLDR does not usually expand scope just because of a suggestion.
> I usually recommend creating a new project first - gathering data, looking at and talking to projects to ascertain the usefulness
> of common messages.. one of the barriers to adding new content for CLDR is not just the design, but collecting initial data.
> When emoji or sub-territory names were added, many languages were included before it was added to CLDR.

We know it took years to collect the subterritory names and make sure the list and translations are complete.

> Also note CLDR does have some typographical terms for use in UI, such as 'bold' and 'italic'

I figure out that these are intended for tooltips on basic formatting facilities. High-end software like Microsoft Office has many more and adds 
tooltips showing instructions for use out of a corporate strategy that aims at raising usability and overall quality. So I wonder whether there are 
limits for software vendors in cooperating with competitors to mutualize UI content? 

This point and others would be cleared in the preliminary stage that you drafted above but that I don’t feel in a position to carry out, at least 
not now as I’m focusing on our national data in CLDR and on keyboard layouts and standards.

Anyhow, Thank you for letting us know.

Best regards,


> Regards,
> Steven
On Sat, Jun 9, 2018 at 3:41 PM Marcel Schneider via Unicode  wrote:
> On Sat, 9 Jun 2018 12:56:28 -0700, Asmus Freytag via Unicode wrote:
> > 
> > On 6/9/2018 12:01 PM, Marcel Schneider via Unicode wrote:
> > > Still a computer should be understandable off-line, so CLDR providing a standard library of error messages could be 
> > > appreciated by the industry
> The kind of translations that CLDR accumulates, like day, and month names, language and territory names, are a widely
> > applicable subset and one that is commonly required in machine generated or machine-assembled text (like displaying
> > the date, providing pick lists for configuration of locale settings, etc).
> > The universe of possible error messages is a completely different beast.
> > If you tried to standardize all error messages even in one language you would never arrive at something that would be
> > universally useful. While some simple applications may find that all their needs for communicating with their users are
> > covered, most would wish they had some other messages available.

> > However, a high-quality terminology database recommends itself (and doesn't need any procurement standards).
> > Ultimately, it was its demonstrated usefulness that drove the adoption of CLDR.
> This is why I’m so hopeful that CLDR will go much farther than date and time and other locale settings, and emoji names and keywords.


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