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Re: Translating Debian packages' descriptions



On Sun, Sep 02, 2001 at 02:28:45AM -0500, David Starner wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 02, 2001 at 09:12:52AM +0200, Martin Quinson wrote:
> > On Sat, Sep 01, 2001 at 10:11:45AM +0200, Radovan Garabik wrote:
> > > Of 8 friends of mine that are using debian, I know that:
> > > 2 would want fallback hungarian->slovak->czech
> > > 1 would want fallback lithuanian->slovak->czech->russian
> > > 1 would want fallback slovak->hungarian->czech
> > > the rest would want fallback slovak->czech
> > > I prefer original English version
> > > 
> > > nice statistics :-)
> > 
> > Sure, that would be great. But, AFAIK, no i18n mecanism can handle that for
> > now. Feel free to fill a wishlist bug report against gettext.
> 
> It's not well documented (neither gettext (3) or setlocale (n) seems to 
> mention it), but:
> 
> ~ $ date -h
> date: invalid option -- h
> Try `date --help' for more information.
> ~ $ LANGUAGE=xo:eo_EO:de_DE:en date -h
> date: Ungültige Option -- »h«
> Mit `date --help' bekommen Sie mehr Informationen.
> ~ $ 

yesterday I ask google and groups.google and find some pointers but no
real documentation. 

I don't test this real, use this a fallback per
 - mo file, or
 - message?

If it is per mo file, it is not usefull for our problem. But we can
patch gettext. IMHO a per message based fallback is for normal gettext
application also a nice thing. (with this someone can make a
de_AT:de_DE:de:fr)

If gettext support this per message (or if we patch it otherwise):

   Please, please dpkg and apt maintainers/developers use gettext for
   the translation!

   With gettext we have all, what we need and this all with some nice,
   small patches.

Gruss
Grisu
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