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

On Wed, Sep 11, 2002 at 09:26:53AM -0500, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Converting EUC-JP -> UTF-8 -> EUC-JP is known to give output in some
> cases that does not match the input.  Unless we have some way to fix the
> mapping tables in iconv, the only way to reasonably use UTF-8 for
> Japanese in Debian is by eliminating one leg of this round-trip -- e.g.,
> by asking all Japanese translators to use a UTF-8 locale for their
> translation work.

I havn't heard of this, and I'd be surprised that Tomohiro doesn't seem
to know about it (at least he's never mentioned it).  Could you give an
example or a reference?  (This would be a major bug, since round-trip
compatibility is extremely important.)

If I'm forced to support legacy encodings internally in a future
i18nized project, I'd like to have a very clear understanding of why ...

Glenn Maynard

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