Quoting Roger Leigh (email@example.com): > How often do people make use of the information, and what for? When it comes at me: never. I very much prefer having the "previous original version" comments (lines starting with #|) that help *a lot* spotting what changed in a fuzzy string (intelligent PO editors can even used a specific color display with this). The hint to produce these is using "msgmerge --previous" in the "updatepo" targets of makfiles.... > (I'd be genuinely interested to know; I haven't had any > complaints since I turned them off, but getting concrete > information about their usefulness is difficult.) Do any > translators have any comments? As said, I don't often have any use for them, for source code. Sometimes, when I spot a typo or error in the original string, I can more easily provide a patch, but "grep" would be enough for this, roughly. For debconf PO translations, these comments are useful for the podebconf-display-po tool. However, I'd like to add that I'm certainly far from knowing all neat uses of stuff in gettext...so there may be good valid use cases for such comments. I wouldn't recommend dropping them without deep thinking.
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