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Re: lynx-dev patches for cleanup of parse_arg

From: Al Gilman
Subject: Re: lynx-dev patches for cleanup of parse_arg
Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 16:45:07 -0400 (EDT)

> > I agree with al that -toggle=on and -toggle=off
> > are better than =1 and =0 respectively
> > --le
> How well do these internationalize?  1 and 0 look silly but nearly every
> language recognizes numbers.
> But given the words, yes, I prefer "on/off" too.

I think we need to take these things in perspective.  The words
"on" and "off" are much more likely to be understood by a
non-English-speaker than are the terms to the left of the = in
the command line option clause.

If there is an i18n problem, the problem with the option names is
much more severe than the problem with [at least these] option
value tokens.  And a mod to localise the option names can be
extended to localise the value tokens, too.

My main concern with +/- as per the latest rev of the patch is
that -option- may confuse naive users because the first '-' is
used in a way radically different from the second '-' and the
form _looks_ so symmetrical.


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