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 2 The User's View
 When GNU `gettext' will truly have reached its goal, average users
 should feel some kind of astonished pleasure, seeing the effect of that
 strange kind of magic that just makes their own native language appear
 everywhere on their screens.  As for naive users, they would ideally
 have no special pleasure about it, merely taking their own language for
 _granted_, and becoming rather unhappy otherwise.
    So, let's try to describe here how we would like the magic to
 operate, as we want the users' view to be the simplest, among all ways
 one could look at GNU `gettext'.  All other software engineers:
 programmers, translators, maintainers, should work together in such a
 way that the magic becomes possible.  This is a long and progressive
 undertaking, and information is available about the progress of the
 Translation Project.
    When a package is distributed, there are two kinds of users:
 "installers" who fetch the distribution, unpack it, configure it,
 compile it and install it for themselves or others to use; and "end
 users" that call programs of the package, once these have been
 installed at their site.  GNU `gettext' is offering magic for both
 installers and end users.


* Matrix                      The Current `ABOUT-NLS' Matrix
* End Users                   Magic for End Users
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