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Re: Debian Debconf Translation proposal ( again )

On Wed, Jan 07, 2004 at 03:04:19PM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> To date, all proposals for moving debconf translations out of packages
> have included in their rationale that maintainers will no longer be
> responsible for merging translations.  I don't think I've seen a single
> maintainer speak up so far to agree that he wants this burden removed
> from him; only translators seem to think this is important, and only
> because of maintainers who are not responsive to bug reports.

This is not the main problem, most maintainers are responsive (but
anyway, filing bugs and checking how they have been fixed is
Translation teams need:
  * Continuous read access to the files they have to translate.
    Waiting for uploads introduces several problems:
      + superfluous delay.
      + maintainer errors when applying patches cannot be fixed before
        uploads (which is critical during the freeze).
      + errors newly introduced in English strings will be fixed in
        n+1, so translations cannot be fixed before n+2 (unless
        only translators make errors, not maintainers).
  * String freeze.
  * An automatically generated web page showing which packages have
    to be worked on.


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