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Re: I18n of Packages files

On Mon, Sep 25, 2000 at 05:38:40PM +0200, Michael Bramer wrote:
> I agree. But I don't think, a translated description is for dpkg
> importent. More importent is IMHO to translating the Packages[.gz] 
> files on the mirrors. 
> Think about that a minute:
> I see a lot of pros:
>       -	all tools has the translated descriptions (apt, dselect,
> 	gnome-apt, ...), because the /var/cache/apt/pkgcache.bin 
> 	and the /var/lib/dpkg/available files are translatet

	Not all tools might support Unicode characters so this might not be
true. There is a need to be able to switch to English when there are
problems (terminals not able to display characters come to mind)

>       - nice little packages without 130 translations of the descrition 
>       - no work for the package maintainer. Normally the package
> 	maintainer don't know more as 2-4 languages and he can't work 
> 	with bugreports about the wrong translation.

	Bugreports are no problem, they can be re-send to the person
responsible, even-more we can have a Translator-LANG tag in control fields.

> I see one big con:
>       - On a system is only one descrition. The system admin can't
> 	switch the language without download new package files...
> comment on it?
	Con (big):
	- no way you can do a dpkg --info xxx.deb and find out the
information on spanish, or make the WWW pages aware (w/o coding) of the
translated info.

	I thought on this approach at first but I do not find it more than
an easy hack .... IMHO of course



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