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x/text: gotext with french numbers above 1,000,000 #27052

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clamb opened this issue Aug 17, 2018 · 1 comment
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x/text: gotext with french numbers above 1,000,000 #27052

clamb opened this issue Aug 17, 2018 · 1 comment
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@clamb clamb commented Aug 17, 2018

Please answer these questions before submitting your issue. Thanks!

What version of Go are you using (go version)?

go version go1.10.3 darwin/amd64

Does this issue reproduce with the latest release?

YES

What operating system and processor architecture are you using (go env)?

GOARCH="amd64"
GOBIN="/Users/christophe/go/bin"
GOCACHE="/Users/christophe/Library/Caches/go-build"
GOEXE=""
GOHOSTARCH="amd64"
GOHOSTOS="darwin"
GOOS="darwin"
GOPATH="/Users/christophe/go"
GORACE=""
GOROOT="/usr/local/Cellar/go/1.10.3/libexec"
GOTMPDIR=""
GOTOOLDIR="/usr/local/Cellar/go/1.10.3/libexec/pkg/tool/darwin_amd64"
GCCGO="gccgo"
CC="clang"
CXX="clang++"
CGO_ENABLED="1"
CGO_CFLAGS="-g -O2"
CGO_CPPFLAGS=""
CGO_CXXFLAGS="-g -O2"
CGO_FFLAGS="-g -O2"
CGO_LDFLAGS="-g -O2"
PKG_CONFIG="pkg-config"
GOGCCFLAGS="-fPIC -m64 -pthread -fno-caret-diagnostics -Qunused-arguments -fmessage-length=0 -fdebug-prefix-map=/var/folders/85/01ftf7594x1_01_ps0ypv76h0000gn/T/go-build291898772=/tmp/go-build -gno-record-gcc-switches -fno-common"

What did you do?

In french, when expressing quantities, you have to distinguish between less than 1,000,000 and more. For example, one have to say:

  • For numbers from 2 up to and including 999'999, we have to say/write:

Il y a 999'999 habitants.
Il y a 999'999 chiens.

  • And for numbers from 1'000'000 and up, we have to say/write:

Il y a 1'000'000 d'habitants.
Il y a 1'000'000 de chiens.

With the following program:

package main

//go:generate gotext -srclang=en update -out=catalog/catalog.go -lang=fr,en

import (
	"fmt"

	_ "github.com/clamb/arcaciel/aws/scrapbook/catalog"

	"golang.org/x/text/language"
	"golang.org/x/text/message"
)

func main() {
	tr := message.NewPrinter(language.French)

	num := 999999
	tr.Printf("There are %d dog(s)", num)
	fmt.Println()
	num = 1000000
	tr.Printf("There are %d dog(s)", num)
	fmt.Println()
	num = 1000001
	tr.Printf("There are %d dog(s)", num)
	fmt.Println()
}

I tried using many (not sure how exactly about how to write this, but this is not the point):

 {
            "id": "There are {Num} dog(s)",
            "message": "There are {Num} dog(s)",
            "translation": {
                "select": {
                    "feature": "plural",
                    "arg": "Num",
                    "cases": {
                        "=0": "Il n'y a pas de chien",
                        "one": "Il y a {Num} chien",
                        "many": "Il y a {Num} de chiens",
                        "other": "Il y a {Num} de chiens"
                    }
                }
            },
            "placeholders": [{
                "id": "Num",
                "string": "%[1]d",
                "type": "int",
                "underlyingType": "int",
                "argNum": 1,
                "expr": "num"
            }]
        },

However many is not supported for language fr.

gotext: generation failed: error: plural: form "many" not supported for language "fr"
test.go:3: running "gotext": exit status 1

Then I tried using "<1000000":

        {
            "id": "There are {Num} dog(s)",
            "message": "There are {Num} dog(s)",
            "translation": {
                "select": {
                    "feature": "plural",
                    "arg": "Num",
                    "cases": {
                        "=0": "Il n'y a pas de chien",
                        "one": "Il y a {Num} chien",
                        "<1000000": "Il y a {Num} chiens",
                        "other": "Il y a {Num} de chiens"
                    }
                }
            },
            "placeholders": [{
                "id": "Num",
                "string": "%[1]d",
                "type": "int",
                "underlyingType": "int",
                "argNum": 1,
                "expr": "num"
            }]
        },

As the number 1,000,000 is read as an int16, gotext raises an error:

gotext: generation failed: error: plural: invalid number in selector "<1000000": strconv.ParseUint: parsing "1000000": value out of range
test.go:3: running "gotext": exit status 1

What did you expect to see?

Il y a 999 999 chiens
Il y a 1 000 000 de chiens
Il y a 1 000 001 de chiens

What did you see instead?

gotext: generation failed: error: plural: invalid number in selector "<1000000": strconv.ParseUint: parsing "1000000": value out of range
test.go:3: running "gotext": exit status 1
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@fgm fgm commented Dec 13, 2018

French user here: three aspects of this issue are problematic:

  • none of the 4 sentences below are representative of fr-FR formatting, since this locale does not use quotes as a thousands separator:
    Il y a 999'999 habitants.
    Il y a 999'999 chiens.
    Il y a 1'000'000 d'habitants.
    Il y a 1'000'000 de chiens.
  • the "de" is used when numbers are spelled out, like "il y a un million de chiens", but I do not remember ever seeing the "de" used as in this example with the numeric representation of the number
  • even in the previous case, "de" is only used for round numbers with rounding at 1E6, 1E9, 12E12...:
    • 1000000: il y a un million de chiens
    • 1200000: il y a un million deux cent mille chiens <- no "de"
    • 1000000000: il y a un milliard de chiens
    • 1002000000: il y a un milliard deux cent millions de chiens

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