Locales with the same language

Shachar Shemesh wine-devel at shemesh.biz
Thu Jul 17 05:06:47 CDT 2003

Dmitry Timoshkov wrote:

>>Then the correct will be change all resources with SUBLANGE_DEFAULT to 
>>SUBLANG_NEUTRAL until someone localize them?
>>I can modify this if is the correct.
>Actually there was a completely opposite patch committed recently:
>    Shachar Shemesh <winecode at sun.consumer.org.il>
>    Change the SUBLANG_NEUTRAL clause in all winelib applications to
>    SUBLANG_DEFAULT, as they should be.
>I vote to revert that patch.
Then perhaps I should explain why I submitted this patch.

The problem was with notepad. If my locale said "he_IL", it would 
display the menues in Danish. The reason was that, failing to find 
Hebrew locales, and failing to find LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_DEFAULT 
locales, it loaded the first one available.

I then proceeded to research what the situation on Windows was, and the 
categorical answer was that Visual Studio would not let you create 
resources with SUBLANG_NEUTRAL. SUBLANG_DEFAULT was the only option. It 
is for that reason that I believe that SUBLANG_NEUTRAL should only be 
used as a search qualifier, never as an actual resource.

Now, looking at the code searching path I see:
    /* 2. specified language with neutral sublanguage */
    pos = push_language( list, pos, MAKELANGID( 

As far as my understanding goes, this should match the LANG_FRENCH with 
ANY sublang. Why doesn't this rule correctly find LANG_FRENCH,
SUBLANG_FRENCH_CANADIAN? The MSDN is a little hazy on the subject of 
SUBLANG_NEUTRAL. It has always been my understanding that we should be 
treating SUBLANG_NEUTRAL as a wildcard. Is that wrong?


Shachar Shemesh
Open Source integration consultant
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