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Re: proofreading the installation-guide

Holger Wansing wrote:
> Justin B Rye <justin.byam.rye@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> So all cases of &releasename-cap; in the English text are mistakes.
>>>> Really if it's only for use in German we should have called it
>>>> &Veroeffentlichungsname;!
>>> No, it's not just for German!
>>> It gives _all_ translators the possibility, to spell the releasename as
>>> they want in their language.
>>> I just used German and how it's used in German, to explain the principle.
>>> Not much translators use that possibility though.
>> Such as?  There *aren't* any other languages that have mandatory
>> initial capitalisation on nouns (and even German allows exceptions for
>> "brandnames" like "das iPhone" or "xkcd").  There's not much else that
>> you could automate, so I'd be interested to know who else finds it
>> useful.
> A quick grep shows, that releasename-cap is used in:
> 	Korean
> 	Portuguese
> 	French
> 	Italian
> 	Czech
> 	German
> So guys, you are all wrong?

If they're just using it to capitalise a brandname that we've decided
is canonically uncapitalisable then it's just a question of whether
they're doing it wrong or whether the decision was wrong for English
in the first place.

But if you take a proper look at the results of that grep, you'll see
that every single case is a reflection of the same problem: there are
a couple of files where the English text has randomly switched to
using &releasename-cap;, and those hits are just the places where the
translators haven't changed it.

So once my proofreading sweep has finished* and all the translations
catch up, there should be no mentions of &releasename-cap; except in
places where it might as well be called &Veroeffentlichungsname;.

* assuming it ever gets started...
JBR	with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
	sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package

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