Re: Inconsistency wrt to ellipsis (...)
Quoting Joey Hess (firstname.lastname@example.org):
> Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> > d-i is not consistent in the use of ... For example, partman writes:
> > Scanning disks ...
> > whereas base-config writes
> > Installing core packages...
> > and most *-installer packages don't use dots in their progress notes
> > at all.
> > Can we
> > a) agree on one usage
> > b) document this (together with other common debconf usages in d-i)
> > c) get someone to unify the existing messages
> I vote for a space after, note that dpkg and apt are not consistent
> either. :-) I think that more of d-i uses a space than not, we inherited
> some strings from debootstrap without spaces, iirc.
When mentioning "space after", I suppose you mean "space *before* the
There is certainly some typographical rule, in english, for
ellipsis. Let's ask debian-l10n-english, if this list is alive....:-)
In french, ellipsis (called "points de suspension", by the way) are
treated just like dots. So, no space before and one space after.
If we decide changes in d-i, this needs to be done with translations
unfuzzyfication. Which is not completely trivial, by the way...:-)
I counted 67 different ellipsis in d-i templates. 30 of these use a
space before and 37 no space.
Changing this is thus far from trivial....
Folks, just decide whether there should be a space or not and I'll
change this (I'm very good for these boring half-technical/no-coding
things....let's save your valuable time....:-))