Proposal for string improvements
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Wed Nov 5 12:53:46 CET 2008
On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 10:55 AM, Juha <kautto.juha at kolumbus.fi> wrote:
> Brian J. Tarricone kirjoitti:
> > On Mon, 03 Nov 2008 19:00:05 -0800 Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
> >> Created something hopefully useful:
> >> http://wiki.xfce.org/releng/4.6/string-review
> > And:
> > http://wiki.xfce.org/style/strings
> I/f seeing a short string of text out of context might be confusing for
> a translator, include a short context description at the start of the
> string, and separate it from the "real" string with the pipe character
> ("|||"). Gettext will strip off the context for you when displaying the
> string in the user interface./
> I think we should not do that, but instead add a short comment on top of
> that text. The comment will be visible for the translator in the PO file
> and it can be much longer than the short explanation after that |. Also
> I have seen that most translators do not know what that "|" means, but
> they simply translate also that text, which causes nasty and unnecessary
> translation bugs.
Agreed. I didn't know what it was (though perhaps a "translator's guide"
would be in order too :P). I'm not sure how much trouble it is to add a
comment, but those are very clear.
Apart from that, the style guide looks really nice, though it could perhaps
use a note about the use of exclamation marks (especially more than one).
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