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Re: Debian documentation

On Wed, Sep 18, 2002 at 10:52:55AM +0200, David Schmitt wrote:
> I'm sorry for taking so long to answer.
> On Fri, Jun 21, 2002 at 07:27:50PM -0300, Gustavo Noronha Silva wrote:
> > Em Fri, 21 Jun 2002 23:28:28 +0200, David Schmitt <david@schmitt.edv-bus.at>
> > escreveu:
> > 
> > > Yes, each package has its own doc-base control file. Since a
> > > doc-base-'Document' cannot span multiple control files, six translations
> > > of the same common-sense-document are six different
> > > doc-base-'Document's. Unless they can be matched somehow, this poses
> > > problems like how to provide 'This document is available in this and
> > > that language'?
> > 
> > Ah... now I understand what you meant... yes, doc-base would have to understand
> > that all those files are control files for different translations of the same
> > document... 
> Yes, exactly. Under the light of recent changes[1] in debconf (which faces
> similar problems with its template translations) this could be solved by
> "compiling" the different translations into .mo style (or similar)
> files, one for each document, containing all translations of metadata
> and all pointers to the different translations.
> The now-uploaded[2] po-debconf seems to be not yet available, but should
> be worth a look.

po-debconf is in experimental only.

There is another glitch with doc-base, it has a Title field for a short
description, whereas dpkg and debconf would replace
   Title: short description
   Abstract: long description
    splitted on several lines
   Abstract: short description on a single line
    long description
    splitted on several lines

It would help if doc-base use a similar format.


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