The evolving Story of Locale Support, part 26: Hey Windows 8, there's someone on the phone for you.
by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/08/20 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2012/08/20/10341516.aspx
Previous blogs from this series:
- part 25 (Something old, something new, something repurposed, and something...)
- part 24 (I Adar you! Hell, I Double Adar you! - Windows 8 ed.)
- part 23 (Tamazight? Outta sight!)
- part 22 (Digit Substitution 2.0)
- part 21 (The Windows 8 Hijripalooza extraordinaire!)
- part 20 (Yes, it's Bangla. Not Bengali!)
- part 19 (In honor of International Mother Language Day...)
- part 18 (Two scripts that share ten digits can be trouble)
- part 17 (Today I feel like translating you more than before)
- part 16 (We can't scale to a Xishuangbanna Dai locale, but…)
- part 15 (Fixing our listings up in Windows 8!)
- part 14 (Tifinagh, Tamazight, and Berber? Oh my!)
- part 13 (Divvying up locales, yet again!)
- part 12 (Logic dictates that we keep a sense of proportion about the RATIO)
- part 11 (What language is that keyboard for?)
- part 10 (Perhaps it is best to think of it as unintelligent design?
- part 9 (Nastaleeq vs. Nastaliq? Either way, Windows 8 has got it!
- part 8 ([Finally] taking care of some [more] languages in Pakistan
- part 7 (That would be a 'call and a raise' for Hawaiian)
- part 6 (Behind the Cherokee Phonetic layout in Windows 8)
- part 5 (...until the decision was made to not refuse to add it)
- part 4 (working beyond one's bugs, and the case for an MSKLC update)
- part 3 (working beyond one's bugs, the setup)
- part 2 (raising the roof on keyboards)
- part 1 (Some people don't want to double-d's)
- part 0 (The introduction)
Back in the end of June, Todd Brix wrote a blog on the Windows Phone Developer Blog entitled First look at the Windows Phone 8 Marketplace.
In it, there was a huge list of regions, covering large parts of the world.
180 places being covered by the AppHub and the Marketplace.
This is huge, as is the already announced news that Windows Phone 8 would be heavily using the Windows 8 core.
A core that includes the Windows 8 locale data!
The Windows Phone 8 team has on it many people who have been holding our feet to the fire as they had the combination of the joyful experience of more coverage and updated data with the painful experience of changes and even a few bugs.
But it was really amazing to work with them and partner with them here -- we are a better product because of the work they were doing as a part of their product....
One of the most frequent sources of werdness was inconsistencies between data fields that would reasonably be considered related -- like LOCALE_SSHORTTIME and LOCALE_STIMEFORMAT.
In the end, when they were different it was just due to historical reasons, and the lack of anyone reviewing them for differences to date.
That kind of cleanup has started largely due to their diligence and reports, and further cleanup in the future will definitely take their issues into account.
Plus it is really cool to see these things on Windows Phone 8!
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