[Xfce-i18n] should console messages be translated?

Nick Schermer nickschermer at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 23:41:49 CEST 2008

I have stopped marking them as translatable. If you think the
warning/error/message is important, you should use a dialog (or what
so ever) anyway. You can't rely on console messages if
the user uses a gui. (Only strings like --version and option entries
should be translatable, since the users specifically asks about them
in a console)

Some warnings are also hard to translate, which leads to more
confusion for both the user and the developer when receiving the bug
report (like Jean-François already said),

How can a translator know if it's a console message or not? Indeed
they can't. The string might even be used multiple times (in both
console and gui). The only thing is, if you use error messages from
(for exaple) glib, then they are translated. So it could result in a
half translated message.


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