[Tagging] Which languages are admissible for name:xx tags?
graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 22:33:39 UTC 2020
On Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 22:23, Paul Allen <pla16021 at gmail.com> wrote:
> If we English speakers are looking at a map of the world, we prefer to see
> our own names for places. The media here don't report an earthquake in
> but an earthquake in Rome. They don't report a general strike in
> but a general strike in Germany. They don't report an avalanche in
> but an avalanche in Switzerland. So if we're interested in seeing on a map
> where those places are we'd like to see them in English, not names we're
> unfamiliar with. I have no idea what Sverige is, but I've heard of Sweden.
Thanks, Paul - you summed up my point of view exactly, but probably worded
it better than I could have!
OTOH, if we're tourists we'd like the option to see both. I want to go to
> Munich from Berlin but I can't find Munich on the map because it's
> showing the German name. But if the map shows only English names
> (where available) I don't know what to look for on road signs.
> You might also want to consider different orthographies. Even if you
> use the same word (phonetically) for Mecca that Saudi Arabians do,
> could you find the place on a map where it is labelled مَكَّةُ
& this as well!
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