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From Matt Benson <gudnabr...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Anybody familiar with ChoiceFormat? Issue 44659
Date Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:14:44 GMT

--- Stefan Bodewig <bodewig@apache.org> wrote:

> On Fri, 22 Aug 2008, Matt Benson
> <gudnabrsam@yahoo.com> wrote:
> 
> > Looking back at this again, I think having the
> number
> > formatted according to the US Locale would be more
> > confusing than by the default Locale, speaking
> without
> > the perspective of a person who typically uses
> e.g. .
> > as a thousands separator and , as a decimal
> separator.
> 
> I am one of those people and to me it is more
> confusing to have Ant
> use German number formatting but say "minutes"
> instead of "Minuten".
> (well, would be since I haven't seen builds taking >
> 1000 minutes
> myself).
> 
> When copying files we don't use a number format at
> all and thus end up
> with a pure number without any separators at all.
> 
> I wouldn't expect that too many builds take tens of
> thousands of
> minutes so a number with or without thousands
> separator may be as
> readable as the other in out case.
> 
> AFAICT making the thousands separator go away takes
> the same amount of
> coding effort as making it use the US locale.
> 

Agreed wrt required effort; I also agree that no
thousands separator is preferable to ambiguity. 
Another option is to provide localization bundles, but
that's obviously a MUCH larger task.  ;)

-Matt

> Stefan
> 
>
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