The Illinois Department of Public Health has a very comprehensive drop-down menu for picking your preferred language, which is good, except that it is so comprehensive that it includes "English, Middle (1100-1500)" and "English, Old (ca. 400-1100)" right under English, also there's "Egyptian (Ancient)", "German, Old High ca. 1050-1500", "Irish, Old (to 900)", "Low Saxon", and, maybe most perplexingly, "Indo-European languages"
@Pixley hi yes i speak the hypothesized common language proto-indo-european so just do some research to figure out the historical roots and get on my level
@Pixley i don't know. is covid running rampant in the 4000 BC Pontic–Caspian steppe? should i be concerned?
@Pixley i keep saying "Official Aramaic"!!!! like it's a dancehall DJ alone to myself as everyone else has gone to the grocery store this morning
@Pixley I find it insulting that a real language like Kirundi is placed at the same place as a completely made-up language. Kirundi, as Kirghiz btw, is a real language spoken by real people and transporting real culture. By putting it next to some fantasy language, you devalidate all of that as "not real", not to be respected the same way as "real" languages like English or French. @platypus @alex
@platypus @Pixley @carl well, Carl, as heavily discussed in this thread, this is a list of every language that has ever been published, which includes fictional languages and even “no linguistic content.” If anything is insulting here it’s that the state made an unusable language picker list, not that there are both real and fictional languages here
@carl so Carl, as I was saying elsewhere, the context of this international standard is that it is a standard of all languages in which a work has been published. This does not include all spoken languages and includes many ancient and also “constructed“ languages such as Klingon or even Esperanto which is spoken.
it’s a perfectly good standard for librarians like me who are the ones who created it.
However. It’s bad and lazy for devs to reuse. And ridiculous. Which was our convo.
@carl So your whole “if you say so it must be true” directed at Alex is really weird and passive aggressive. You could have either dug in to learn or you could have simply thanked Alex, who is not a librarian and only yesterday learned what the standard is but did do the bare minimum to learn what that standard is.
tl;dr Lots of developers are unwilling to do the bare minimum before reusing a standard and that is how we get drop-downs like this.
You could just say “ah, got it”
@platypus I apologze for the form.
And I appreciate the effort of Alex.
But white people, as part of their white privilege, are often not aware of the many faces of racism. I do not assume evil intent, but people have to be aware. At all times.
@Pixley I think rockford has a big Old High German (ca. 1050-1500) community. Good sausages, weird accent
@Pixley “we’ve got an Old English speaker here, better contact the Medieval Studies programs state-wide for a possible interpreter”
@neoncoughh I'm picturing the guy at the farmers market who sits there in his medieval garb cheerfully flintknapping or whatever
@Pixley Hark thys sound advyse! If gud foode waiting for ye feast-tyme be/ mind well yt sits notte betwixt 40 and 140 degrees
@nashhigh we're losing population to neighboring states, and it's because people "want to live in one set timeline" like a bunch of babies
@Pixley Interestingly, they do have content, whatever is the language you choose. I assume they use some automatic translation and the menu simply reflects the available languages.
The translation in french, for instance, is good but very unhuman ("soutien d'une ligne d'arrêt du tabac" for "help from a hotline").
Skull dot website is an intentionally small instance for friends.