[Xfce-i18n] Strings with several plural words in xfce4-time-out-plugin

Florian Rivoal frivoal at gmail.com
Sun Nov 7 16:12:49 CET 2010


I need opinions from translators to know how to solve a string problem:  
Patch http://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5611 propose to change the  
way some strings in xfce4-time-out-plugin are handled.

The problem is that a few strings contains several words for which the  
plural form need to be handled, but the translation system can only  
support plurals well when only one word has a varying number.

There are a few strings, but the typical one is "Time left: %d hours %d  
minutes %d seconds"

Before the patch, only languages that have a form for 1, a form for  
several, and no other form, are well supported. After the patch, any kind  
of plural is supported. On the other hand, because the patch splits the  
string to be able to do that, it becomes impossible to reorder words or to  
insert link words.

In the general case, both solutions may cause problems. But I am wondering  
about this particular case, with the particular strings we are dealing  
with here, for the languages we are supporting.

Is there any language that could not be properly translated before the  
patch that becomes possible after it? Is there any language that was  
properly translated before the patch that will not be after?

  - Florian

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