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Re: Wishlist for woody+1


At Wed, 3 Jul 2002 14:46:50 +0900,
Junichi Uekawa wrote:

> On Tue, 2 Jul 2002 17:32:42 +0200
> Eduard Bloch <edi@gmx.de> wrote:
> > Another (old) idea: convert the templates _in_ the packages to UTF-8.
> > The particular translation pieces should be converted by
> > debconf-mergetemplate when they are not converted to UTF-8. When the
> > piece is allready utf8'ed, it should have a tag inside that prevents
> > debconf-mergetemplate from converting again.
> It's not an old idea, it's a related idea, and it's probably required 
> for debian-installer i18n.

Now I doubt Debian can do this very quickly...  Think about
how many days (or years) we needed for /usr/doc -> /usr/share/doc/
migration.  And more, all migration (debconf itself and all debconf
templates) must be done *at once* or otherwise debconf would not work.

I think we have to think about some mechanism to allow both of 
conventional translations in various encodings and new UTF-8
translations of Debconf templates.

I think that UTF-8 templates would have "Description-utf8-xx"
instead of "Description-xx" where "xx" is language name.

I think we also should supply a small tool to help migration.
The tool will convert templates from various encodings (automatical
detection by language name) to UTF-8.

Tomohiro KUBOTA <kubota@debian.org>
"Introduction to I18N"  http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/intro-i18n/

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