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Re: splitting /var/lib/dpkg/status and handling desc translation (was: ddts notification)

On Thu, Sep 13, 2001 at 02:35:46PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > But if you put the translation in the control file, you have to add almost
> > hundred fields, on per locale: Description-fr ; Description-fr_FR ;
> > Description-fr_CA ; Description-fr_BE just to have the more used french
> > variants (and no, it would not be acceptable to merge all country variant of
> > the language in the language. Think about pt_BR and pt_PT).
> Bogus. If you buy wordperfect  does it have 96 different translations
> in it? Of course not, they only put in a few important ones. 


wordperfect is no free software and they can only support some
languages. Get KDE, we have 38 kde-i18n-* packages. This is the

You say 'few important'. But what languages is important? Somebody
say: throw away English and get Russian. Others like (or better
_need_) Polish, german, Japanese, China, ...

And if we get translators, why not add a some more languages. We have
now in the ddtp only 11 languages at the beginning and we don't have
real support in the project, in dpkg etc.

(btw, the boot-floppies support now IMHO 19 languages.)

If debian is a 'general OS', it will (and must) support more and more
languages. Only some people can speak, read and understand english. 

Michael Bramer  -  a Debian Linux Developer http://www.debian.org
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Ist es nicht jedem selbst überlassen, ob er einen Arbeitsplatz
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