[Xfce-i18n] Warning: many xfce .po files have been corrupted on Transifex.com

Pjotr Vertaalt pjotrvertaalt at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 18:29:15 CEST 2013

When you download a .po file from Transifex.com and you open it with a text
editor like Gedit, you see that many files have been partly corrupted.
Probably because of the transfer of the .po files to Transifex.com, some
time ago.

The corruption is visible for line breaks: many of those have simply
disappeared. Take for example this msgid from ORAGE:

#: ../src/appointment.c:2836
msgid ""
"These shorthand commands take effect immediately:\n"
"    <D> inserts current date in local date format\n"
"    <T> inserts time and\n"
"    <DT> inserts date and time.\n"
"These are converted only later when they are seen:\n"
"    <&Ynnnn> is translated to current year minus nnnn.\n"
"(This can be used for example in birthday reminders to tell how old the
person will be.)"

In the Dutch .po file, the msgstr has become:

msgstr "Deze steno-opdrachten hebben direct effect:\n    <D> voegt huidige
datum in, in plaatselijke datumopmaak\n    <T> voegt tijd in en\n    <DT>
voegt datum en tijd in.\n\nDeze worden pas later omgezet, wanneer ze worden
gezien:\n    <&Ynnnn> wordt vertaald naar huidig jaar minus nnnn.\nDit kan
bijvoorbeeld worden gebruikt bij verjaardagsherinneringen om te melden hoe
oud de persoon zal worden.)"

Note that the translated string has become completely garbled by the
disappearance of the line breaks....

This corruption can only be corrected by hand, unfortunately. This is a lot
of work, sadly.

Regards, Pjotr.
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