[Bug localedata/14510] New: LC_NUMERIC wrong for various latin america locales

law at redhat dot com sourceware-bugzilla@sourceware.org
Wed Aug 22 22:45:00 GMT 2012


http://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=14510

             Bug #: 14510
           Summary: LC_NUMERIC wrong for various latin america locales
           Product: glibc
           Version: 2.17
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: localedata
        AssignedTo: unassigned@sourceware.org
        ReportedBy: law@redhat.com
                CC: libc-locales@sources.redhat.com
    Classification: Unclassified


Back in November 2011, Uli checked in a large change which affected the
LC_NUMERIC settings of various es_* locales.  This change didn't reference any
supporting documentation.

It's now being reported that various es_* locals have the wrong LC_NUMERIC
settings for the decimal mark and thousands separator.

First I compared the es_* locales to CLDR for LC_NUMERIC settings.  This turned
up several differences (es_DO, es_GT, es_HN, es_MX, es_NI, es_PA, es_PE, es_PR,
es_SV).

For each of those locales I then went in search of documents, preferably
government documents which would show usage of the decimal mark and thousands
separator.


Mexico:
http://www.economia.gob.mx/files/diagnostico_economia_mexicana.pdf

Dominican Republic:
http://www.bancentral.gov.do/noticias/avisos/aviso2010-06-25.pdf

We can get grouping from this document from the Guatemala Government.  Once we
know grouping uses ',', then the decimal mark must be '.'.
http://www.ine.gob.gt/np/enei/ENEI2011.htm

Honduras:
http://www.ine.gob.hn/drupal/node/175
http://archivo.laprensa.hn/Negocios/Ediciones/2011/02/07/Noticias/Tasa-de-desempleo-de-Honduras-subio-a-44

Nicaragua:
http://www.bcn.gob.ni/estadisticas/economicas_anuales/nicaragua_en_cifras/2010/Nicaragua_en_cifras2010.pdf

Panama:
http://www.mef.gob.pa/portal/2011-Comunicados/2011-DISMINUYESUSTANCIALMENTEELDESEMPLEOENPANAMA.html

Puerto Rico:
http://www.periodicolaperla.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3606:en-puerto-rico-la-tasa-de-empleo-cae-al-nivel-mas-bajo-en-la-historia&catid=93:analisis-economico&Itemid=300

El Salvador:
http://www.minec.gob.sv/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=1:noticias-ciudadano&id=1567:encuesta&Itemid=77

All the above referenced documents show a decimal mark as '.' and the thousands
separator as ',', which indicate glibc's localedata is wrong.


Interestingly enough, Peru which was supposed to use '.' as the decimal
separator and ',' as the thousands separator according to CLDR seems to do the
opposite according to these government inflation and labor reports:

http://www.bcrp.gob.pe/docs/Publicaciones/Reporte-Inflacion/2010/marzo/Reporte-de-Inflacion-Marzo-2010.pdf
http://www.inei.gob.pe/biblioineipub/bancopub/Est/Lib0909/libro.pdf

Thus es_PE is correct as-is.

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