#27244 closed Bug (fixed)

Incorrect thousand separator for the Greek locale (el)

Reported by: kappataumu Owned by: nobody
Component: Internationalization Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: Triage Stage: Ready for checkin
Has patch: yes Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


The thousand separator for the Greek locale is a dot ("."), not a non-breaking space ("\xa0"). Other than being Greek, one can verify this like so:

import locale
locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, "el_GR.UTF-8")

A related issue (https://code.djangoproject.com/ticket/23967) previously fixed a number of incorrect settings (see PR and discussion at https://github.com/django/django/pull/3696) but apparently this slipped through. Interestingly, the correct thousand separator is also documented in one of the links shared (see http://www.localeplanet.com/java/el-GR/).

I can submit a PR if desired.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 16 months ago by Tim Graham

Triage Stage: UnreviewedAccepted

Sure, send a PR and have a colleague give it a +1.

comment:2 Changed 16 months ago by kappataumu

PR sent: https://github.com/django/django/pull/7267. I've pinged @spapas for a +1.

comment:3 Changed 16 months ago by Claude Paroz

Has patch: set
Version: 1.10master

comment:4 Changed 16 months ago by Tim Graham

Triage Stage: AcceptedReady for checkin

Good to go, pending a +1 from a Greek speaker.

Last edited 16 months ago by Tim Graham (previous) (diff)

comment:5 Changed 16 months ago by Claude Paroz

On the pull request, there's a discussion between @kappataumu and @spapas, and they disagreement between various usages.

Tim said the space was used in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark#Examples_of_use.
Extract of this same page:
Because of the confusion that could result in international documents, in recent years the use of spaces as separators has been advocated by the superseded SI/ISO 31-0 standard,[17] as well as by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which have also begun advocating the use of a "thin space" in "groups of three".

The el_GR POSIX locale and the Unicode CLDR use the dot.

If I should decide, I think I'd choose the traditional/official dot character. Of course, it would be better to reach some agreement between Greek nationals.

comment:6 Changed 16 months ago by Tim Graham <timograham@…>

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

In 9cfd060b:

Fixed #27244 -- Changed Greek's thousand separator from space to dot.

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