Forwarded from https://launchpad.net/bugs/887395:
In the locales package, the file en_ZA (for South Africa) gives a dot '.' as decimal point. However, the Qt library gives a comma ',' as decimal point. This creates problems when a Qt program is trying to communicate with a non Qt program since the decimal point is not the same, numbers are not correctly recognized.
After doing some searching, Qt (see http://developer.qt.nokia.com/wiki/QtLocales) takes its locale information from cldr.unicode.org:
This page gives a comma as decimal separator. So does Wikipedia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark - note that a footnote seems to indicate that this may be a recent official decision).
Having 2 different definitions for the decimal point on the same system can only lead to problems.
http://www.gcis.gov.za/resource_centre/guidelines/styleguide/editorial_styleguide_2011.pdf is an official document which says to use the comma.
Created attachment 6059 [details]
You have to get the original contributor to agree.
Created attachment 6138 [details]
Patch with updated comments
The patch proposed by martin Pitt is is ok for, but I guess it's better to also fix the comments of the en_ZA file. I uploaded a patch that contains the fix proposed by Martin as well as comment fixes.
Claude, you submitted the files in bugreport 12681. Could you confirm the changes, please?
I submitted en_ZM, not en_ZA. But I pinged Dwayne as the en_ZA maintainer, and I'm sure he will soon comment.
I'm withdrawing that, see https://launchpad.net/bugs/1090288