[squeak-dev] Locale

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Feb 23 23:52:57 UTC 2016

We do have a preference useLocale that governs whether the Locale plugin should be used. If enabled, the system tries to load translation files on startup. Only Etoys ever shipped with translations, so this fails in a squeak.org image. That’s why the preference was off in all releases.

That preference also (if someone enabled it in their image) used to set the local time zone on startup. We now have a different mechanism for that, which continuously tracks the system’s time zone across daylight savings and location changes. This can be disabled by “DateAndTime automaticTimezone: false”.

Chris is proposing to enable the useLocale preference, and make the timezone updating dependent on it, instead of having a separate preference for that. This is to support users who may have been setting their locale manually, or used that preference to enable timezone updating, and are not aware of the new preference. The useLocale preference would govern both the automatic time zone setting in DateAndTime and the use of Locale plugin for language setting at startup.

What do you all think?

- Bert -

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