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CLDR Ticket #10604(accepted)

Opened 16 months ago

Last modified 3 months ago

Concerns about units in Chinese

Reported by: chentz1993@… Owned by: fredrik
Component: units Data Locale: zh
Phase: rc Review:
Weeks: Data Xpath:



Since the survey tool is closed, I post my concern here. Maybe it could be discussed later.

I notice that all the units are translated into Chinese characters in long, short and narrow forms. However, in lots of cases, units are displayed in latin letters instead of Chinese characters in mainland China, and this is permitted by GB3100.

For example,

On traffic signs, we use km or m instead of 千米(kilometer) or 米(meter).
On the boxes of bulbs, the power is indicated by W instead of 瓦特(watt).
On the plates of a high-voltage power line, the voltage is more often indicated by kV.
On boxes/bottles/bags of food or medicine, both g, ml and the Chinese character equivalence 克, 毫升 can be found.
On the measuring tools like multimeters or graduates, we use latin letters.

The only case that Chinese characters must be used is duration.

Therefore, it might be better to use latin letters as in English for the narrow-other in Chinese, without translation. Especially for lengths, as it is odd if the map apps tells me to turn in xxx 米 instead of xxx m.

The disadvantage is for most of the units, the English locale only has 2 forms, long and short, but the Chinese locale wants 3, long, short and narrow. Like

& English & Chinese

long-display & volts & 伏特
long-other & {0} volts & {0}伏特
short-display & volts & 伏
short-other & {0} V & {0}
narrow-display & volts & 伏
narrow-other & {0} V & {0} V

It is not a big difference and I am OK if no change is taken. But I just want to mention that localization doesn't mean to translate everything into the target language.


Change History

comment:1 Changed 16 months ago by kristi

  • Milestone changed from UNSCH to 33

Will investigate in v33, but look at data updates in v34.

comment:2 Changed 16 months ago by kristi

  • Owner changed from anybody to kristi
  • Status changed from new to accepted

comment:3 Changed 13 months ago by kristi

  • Phase changed from dsub to rc

comment:4 Changed 9 months ago by kristi

  • type changed from unknown to data
  • Component changed from unknown to units
  • Milestone changed from 33 to 34

Most contributors only cover the Modern level.
This means that narrow-Display and narrow-other do not get covered by most contributors.

comment:5 Changed 6 months ago by kristi

  • Status changed from accepted to reviewing
  • Review set to fredrik

This has been posted in the Forum. I see that your vetter has a vote in this data field. Could you please review/close this?

comment:6 Changed 3 months ago by fredrik

  • Xref set to 10831
  • Milestone changed from 34 to 35

No action was taken by vetters. Will follow up internally and follow up in v35.

comment:7 Changed 3 months ago by fredrik

  • Owner kristi deleted
  • Status changed from reviewing to new
  • Review fredrik deleted

comment:8 Changed 3 months ago by fredrik

  • Owner set to fredrik
  • Status changed from new to accepted

Grabbing this.


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