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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: Cocoon 2 suggestions
Date Tue, 11 Apr 2000 11:32:04 GMT
Niclas Hedhman wrote:
> Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> > > 2)  Internationaliztion
> > It's just a matter of time, but as television linguistically unified
> > nations in the last 50 years much more than schools or governments, the
> > internet will do it for the world.
> >
> > Massive standardization and lost of enriching differences? rather the
> > opposite: more enriching communication opportunities for everyone.
> >
> > Sorry if I divagated, anyway, I agree: as long as we don't have a single
> > language, makes sense to have i18n resource boundles.
> It will take more than another generation for a single language to develop, but
> it is inevitable that this will happen over time. The 'distance' factor is the
> language developer, and the abscense of it will unify communications.
> The funny part is, that the 'winners' in this very fundamental change will be,
> beside the countries already speaking that language or something close to it,
> small countries and third-world countries, especially in Asia, where adoption and
> fluency in English is already good. Countries like Scandinavia, Holland and
> East-Europe will preceed the larger countries like Germany, France and Italy,
> since the markets there 'demand' regional content at the moment, and there is a
> critical mass for providing information (although partial) to those markets. At
> the end, these countries will actually be suffering, and they never realized why
> or how. And this will be the case, no matter what some extraordinary Italians on
> this list thinks.
> However, unless we want to wait until this unified world comes about, Cocoon
> needs to seriously address internationalisation. At the moment, this makes a
> difference between the tools available, and being XML based should give Cocoon a
> head start.

I totally share your vision.

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