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Re: Bug#160284: ITP: po-debconf -- Manage translated Debconf templates files with gettext


At Wed, 11 Sep 2002 14:48:48 +0200,
Denis Barbier wrote:

> Thanks for the spotlight.
> Just to make it clear for other readers, po-debconf was only intended to
> ease translators' life by allowing them to work on PO files.  Merged
> templates files are unchanged, so this discussion about debconf
> improvements is orthogonal, we only have to ensure that merged
> templates files generated by po-debconf are always compatible with
> debconf.  As you said, PO files contain all infos needed by debconf,
> so there should be no problem here.

I thought that the biggest merit of usage of gettext is encoding
conversion.  It is not available if gettext's storing mechanism
(/usr/share/locale/??/LC_MESSAGES/*) is not used....

I my weak opinion, mixture of various encodings in Debconf templates
in /var/lib/dpkg/info/ directory is acceptable, although I think
mixture of various encodings in text files is *very* bad idea.
It is because /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.templates files are not intended
to be referred directly from users nor developers.  On the other hand,
in source packages, debconf templates *must* be separated into each

Tomohiro KUBOTA <kubota@debian.org>
"Introduction to I18N"  http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/intro-i18n/

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