[erlang-questions] A proposal for Unicode variable and atom names in Erlang.

Göran Båge <>
Mon Oct 22 16:49:47 CEST 2012

Aren't you all forgetting something?

I can maybe understand that some people want to write names and comment and what not in their
native language in code they use for themselves. But why should Ericsson care about that?

Erlang was developed by the CS-lab at Ericsson for internal use (I know this, I was there).
It was later released as open source by Ericsson thanks to some intricate moves by  Bjarne,
Mike, Joe, Robert and more, but as far as I know Erlang is still controlled by the Erlang group at
Ericsson, employed and paid by Ericsson, not by some organization with a goal to spread Erlang
to the masses.

So why should Ericsson pay for this, Ericsson would not employ anyone that don't speak English,
as English is their corporate language (or at least it used to be, there was even a standard
Ericsson English defined). And as far I can see Ericsson would not have any use for non-english
code produced somewhere.


Ulf Wiger wrote:
> On 22 Oct 2012, at 16:32, Michael Richter wrote:
>> On 22 October 2012 22:26, Ulf Wiger < <mailto:>> wrote:
>>     (I tend to always prefer the English
>>     original even if there is a translation to Swedish available).
>> Swedish has many more similarities to English than does, say, Korean or Japanese or Chinese or Vietnamese or ...
> Sure, Swedish and English belong to the same language family, which certainly makes it easier to learn English for a Swede than it likely is for e.g. a Chinese. It is further helped by the fact that
> Sweden has a small population, so it isn't economical to e.g. dub foreign television shows, and the domestic market is small enough that we cannot have a hope of being self-sufficient.
> My only point was that it's not a given that non-native speakers would prefer a translation of a book into their native language, even if they (as in my case) read and speak it far better than they do
> English.
> Actually, you don't even have to leave Europe to find programmers who are not that comfortable in English. They just tend to manage with the existing character set.
> BR,
> Ulf W
> Ulf Wiger, Co-founder & Developer Advocate, Feuerlabs Inc.
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