Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!


Click here to return to the 'Useless - not' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Useless - not
Authored by: TicToc on Apr 10, '08 03:54:16PM

Perhaps you're in the US; It's often hard to know what goes on in the rest of the world. You may not be aware that many Europeans use the comma as a decimal separator, and the space as the thousands separator. A declining number of people probably, but this hint is not useless to them.

It might be nice if you check your facts before flaming a hint submitter.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Useless - No really, it is
Authored by: Stormchild on Apr 11, '08 08:00:37AM

And perhaps you've heard of the "International" preference pane in System Preferences? Setting the Region will give you the correct currency and numeric separators for the region in which you live.

What a concept.

If you actually need to go in and edit the currency symbol and numeric separators, then you are not using the correct region, or you are not following the correct rules for the region in which you live. Simple.

What was that about doing one's research first?



[ Reply to This | # ]
Useless - No really, it is
Authored by: Peter Schoenrank on Oct 21, '08 03:30:13PM
And perhaps you've heard of the "International" preference pane in System Preferences? Setting the Region will give you the correct currency and numeric separators for the region in which you live.

The Region pop-up on the Formats tab of my International preference pane lists nineteen regions. I think the number available is reduced due to the limited languages that I have installed. Still, I am willing to bet my next annual income against yours that there are many people in the world who speak one of English, French, German or Spanish who would not be covered by one of the regions that I have listed.

[ Reply to This | # ]

And...
Authored by: Stormchild on Apr 11, '08 08:02:34AM

...by the way, no, I'm not in the US. I live in Canada. We are generally aware of the rest of the world.



[ Reply to This | # ]
And...
Authored by: Peter Schoenrank on Oct 21, '08 03:51:16PM
I live in Canada. We are generally aware of the rest of the world.

I respectfully submit that you are not even aware of the rest of Canada. There is an increasing tendency in Canada to use international formats rather than US ones. This is most apparent in telephone numbers. More phone numbers can be seen daily that use '.' to separate the number groups rather than '-'. There is also a small but growing trend to use a space rather than a comma to group digits in formatted numbers. That's not what you get when you select Canada in the region pop-up.

And the above is just for English-speaking Canada. In the province of Quebec, they generally use European formats: space for grouping and currency symbol after a number. Sometimes they use '.' for the decimal, and sometimes ','. There is no Canada-Quebec option in the region pop-up, so do you think maybe someone in Quebec might want to be able to do some customization?

[ Reply to This | # ]