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Re: Bug#220838: ITP: verbiste -- a french conjugation system

On Sat, 2003-11-22 at 13:21, Steve Langasek wrote:
> The formula that *could* be universally applied to all short
> descriptions is "$PACKAGE (is|contains|provides) $SHORTDESC."; in this
> formula, it's clear that the articles, as part of the noun phrase, would
> be explicit in the short description when appropriate.

A better formula would be "$PACKAGE (is|contains|provides) [a[n]]
$SHORTDESC." which satisfies me. There is no need to have indefinite
articles in the short description; just about every package will use
them, and so their prescence can be inferred. The definite article
('the', for those wondering) implies something different, so I can
understand the desire for its inclusion (although I dislike having
articles included at all).

What absolutely, definitely is wrong for a description is something
which doesn't even remotely fit into this mould, i.e.

alien - install non-native packages with dpkg

Joe Drew <hoserhead@woot.net> <drew@debian.org>

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