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Bug#493007: debian-policy: Please recommend tracking translation status of l10n man pages

Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist
Tags: patch l10n
X-Debbugs-CC: debian-i18n@lists.debian.org

Currently it is not possible to (reliably) decide, whether an
translated man page is up to date or not. In fact quite a few
translations are outdated (missing newer parameters and other
information) or not a translation at all but a rewrite for a previous
version. While this is an upstream issue, debian maintainers should be
aware of this problem and activly talk to their upstream to resolve
this problem. Thus I suggest the following patch for debian policy:


+    If a loclized man page for a certain command is provided, it should
+    either be up to date or it should be clearly visible that this version
+    is outdated (either by a note in the beginning or by showing the
+    missing/changed parts in English instead of the target language).
+    Where the build system of the localized man page does not provide the 
+    option to enable this Debian developers and maintainers are asked to
+    take this issue to their upstream to resolve. 
+    If Debian developers themselves provide a framework to support
+    localized man pages this framework must fulfill the requirements of
+    the previous paragraphs. In this case it is recommended to use po4a
+    for localization.
     Due to limitations in current implementations, all characters in the

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
Architecture: powerpc (ppc)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.22-3-powerpc
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

debian-policy depends on no packages.

debian-policy recommends no packages.

Versions of packages debian-policy suggests:
ii  doc-base                      0.8.16     utilities to manage online documen

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