i18n of tasksel (and cdebconf)
I would like to supply Japanese translation (po files) for tasksel.
However, it is already reported  that tasksel has problems on
handling of multibyte and multicolumn characters like Japanese. Thus,
addition of Japanese translation may cause Mojibake .
I am now coping with this problem. I found that tasksel works well
with the following two modifications:
(1) Use slang1a-utf8/slang1-utf8-dev instead of slang1/slang1-dev.
This enables displaying multibyte/multicolumn characters, not
only UTF-8 but also various encodings such as EUC-JP. Of course
simple 8bit encodings such as ISO-8859-15 are also supported.
(2) I wrote a library "libtextwrap"  and its Debian packages
(libtextwrap1 and libtextwrap-dev). Use it for text-wrapping
(in other words, line-folding). It supports multibyte encodings,
mulitcolumn (or fullwidth) characters, combining characters, and
languages which don't use whitespaces between words (you know,
ordinary line-folding algorithm depends on an assumption that
words are separated by whitespaces, which is not valid for Chinese
and Japanese). I uploaded the Debian package (initial upload)
two days ago and it is not available for Sid yet.
I can supply a patch for tasksel because I have already tested it,
but there seem some (possible) problems on this solution:
A possible problem around (1) is that slang1 is "Priority: required"
and "Section: base" while slang1a-utf8 is "Priority: standard" and
"Section: libs". I don't know whether tasksel's depending on
slang1a-utf8 affects this situation.
A problem around (2) is that Debian packages of libtextwrap1 and
libtextwrap-dev will need about 10 days to be installed into Sid,
because it is the initial upload. I think this library is stable
enough because it is simple, small, and a port of libtext-wrapi18n-perl
which debconf-i18n depends on. Do we have enough time to wait for
the libtextwrap1/libtextwrap-dev packages while we are starting
release process for Sarge? If no, tasksel can use libtextwrap's
source code directly.
As written in the mail , cdebconf has the same problem, though
I have not tested yet. (I found that cdebconf seems not to support
templates generated by po-debconf.) Since debconf templates are
*already* translated for various packages which are available in
Sarge/Sid, cdebconf will have to support displaying these translations
if it will be used for installer for Sarge. Otherwise cdebconf will
have to disable translation.
Tomohiro KUBOTA <firstname.lastname@example.org>