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Re: Bug#306745: base-config: bad English messages in Debconf templates

On Thu, Apr 28, 2005 at 11:48:41AM -0400, David Nusinow wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 28, 2005 at 02:05:24PM +0100, Dafydd Harries wrote:
> > Ar 28/04/2005 am 12:47, ysgrifennodd Wouter Verhelst:
> > > Op do, 28-04-2005 te 18:04 +1000, schreef Dafydd Harries:
> > > > This should have "APT" in capitals.
> > > Why would that be the case? People regularly call it 'apt' in writing,
> > > rather than 'APT', and I believe the 'Advanced Package Tool' is a
> > > backronym, too.
> > Well, since it is an acronym, I belive all capitals is correct. This
> > also fits with the capitalization in APT's own messages, and with the
> > capitalization in d-i. I think consistency is important here.
> This is really hideous. Not only is the program named "apt" at the
> commandline, the apt manpage uses lowercase.

       apt - Advanced Package Tool
       APT is a management system for software packages.  It is still
       under development

BTW this synopsis does not make much sense, there is no apt program.

  $ whatis apt-config apt-get apt-cache apt-cdrom sources.list \
       vendors.list apt.conf apt_preferences
  apt-config (8)       - APT Configuration Query program
  apt-get (8)          - APT package handling utility - command-line interface
  apt-cache (8)        - APT package handling utility - cache manipulator
  apt-cdrom (8)        - APT CDROM management utility
  sources.list (5)     - Package resource list for APT
  vendors.list (5)     - Security key configuration for APT
  apt.conf (5)         - Configuration file for APT
  apt_preferences (5)  - Preference control file for APT

> Beyond that, putting things like apt (or even sid or sarge, which
> people are strangely starting to do) in all caps just plain looks bad.
> Mainly it looks like you're shouting unnecessarily.

APT authors promote uppercased form, thus having lowercased apt is
indeed unnecessarily confusing.


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