Am 28.01.2012 03:34, schrieb Allin Cottrell:
Here's the basic point: every programming language that I'm aware of
-- from low-level languages such as Fortran, C, C++ and Java, to
interpreted languages such as perl and python, to the scripting
languages of statistical software such as R, Stata, Eviews and our
hansl -- uses comma as the separator for function arguments (and
also as punctuation for other sorts of listings, such as matrix
subscripts). This absolutely rules out the use of comma as the
decimal separator or "radix point", on pain of fatal ambiguity; the
decimal dot is mandatory.
I agree entirely, but cannot refrain from adding another comment: gretl
is special insofar as it is the only such program that aspires to be
localized. This is ambitious, and creates this type of tension. Being a
gretl translator myself, I sometimes wish I had an idea just how
valuable the localization attempt really is for users.