In the blog entry named Windows 7 and the Romanian Language I've did a bit of nit picking regarding the font families found on Windows 7.
As it turns out, Microsoft didn't fix the font family problems in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Bad.
The language shortened name
Windows 7 had the Romanian language shortened to "RO", which was perfectly fine. Windows 8 has the Romanian language shortened to "RUM". This came a bit of a shock even though I knew the German translation, namely "Rumänisch".
"RO" short name was standardized by ISO 639-1. "RUM" short name was standardized by ISO 639-2, standard which was based on the MARC Code List for Language of the Library of Congress. There is also a ISO 639-3 standard which has Romanian shortened to "RON", but that's not good either, since the Romanian currency is also shortened to "RON".
If you ask any Romanian how should (s)he shorten the name of the Romanian language (limba Română), (s)he will say "ROM". As it turns out, "ROM" is also present in the ISO 639-2 standard, it marks the shortened form of Romany language.
This is not Microsoft's fault, but I think "RON" is better than "RUM". Baddish.
If you ask anybody from Microsoft which characters (şţ cedilla or șț comma below) should be used in Romanian translations, they will point you to this web page and they will correctly say that the comma below characters are to be used. I've seen such a discussion between Nokia and Microsoft.
But then why is the bing page above translated with the old cedilla characters? I can think of two possibilities:
- They've outsourced the translation to a firm which uses the Windows Legacy Romanian keyboard layout (like since Windows 3.11)
- The usage of the old cedilla characters was intentional because of problems on some operating systems which have problems displaying the new comma below characters (Android prior to version 3, Windows XP with IE6, WebOS etc)
Retro translations? Bad
Besides the fact that the old cedilla ţ is being used in "Constanţa", there is nothing wrong with the page. This is good, it used to be wrongly rendered a month ago. Fixed rendering? Good.
Thank you Microsoft, please correct the map data so that you are using the correct comma below characters. Old characters? Bad
We'll see how Windows 8 RTM will look like in a couple of months.