[josm-dev] Localisation policy for quotes etc.
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Wed Jan 13 14:53:26 GMT 2010
"Marc Schütz" <schuetzm at gmx.net> writes:
>> > Also, I want to change all those don'ts and won'ts to "proper"
>> > English. This doesn't change the meaning of the string, so all
>> > the translations (hopefully) just need to be unfuzzied.
>> I thought, these don'ts and won'ts is proper english. Am I wrong?
> Furthermore, "don't" and "do not" etc. are not freely interchangeable,
> as they have different connotations and for both there are situations
> where they are not appropriate.
Well, this is true - especially for spoken language. This has
probably much to do with the emphasis that is also put on it. There
is certainly a difference between "I won't do that." and " I WILL NOT
But, in written language these shortcuts are consided casual and they
are not used in formal texts, AFAIK. That's why I use this in emails,
but not in the user interface of a program.
Do we have any native English speakers here? It is somewhat silly to
discuss subtle meanings of the English language between Germans.
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