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Bug#983178: Some validation errors are not actionable for translators

Package: www.debian.org
Severity: minor
Tags: l10n


Validation errors are emailed daily to (among others) translation
coordinators by the validate-mail script:

This is very useful, since I *DO* want to be notified about issues
introduced by those who translate to my language (whether it's me or
someone else).

The issue

*However*, since most translated WML files have the same markup
structure as the English originals, most (if not all) validation errors
for English pages also apply to the translated pages. Compare for


In a typical ephemeral case (someone commits broken markup and it gets
fixed a couple days later) this is merely distracting. It was bugging me
whan I was actively working on the translations a couple of decades ago
:-) but it was never annoying enough to do something about it.

However these days there are some long-standing issues which will
probably take some more time to resolve: https://bugs.debian.org/980921
The fix is being discussed for weeks and is likely to take some more
time. This means it is not really actionable to a typical translator.

Even in case of smaller issues, unfortunately having very limited time
resources I cannot afford to chase every markup validation issue in the
that is merely copied with the structure of the page translated to my

My proposal

What I'd like to propose is to take advantage of the fact that the
original and translated pages have the same structure, in order to make
translation coordinators' lives a little easier.

My idea is to change the validate-mail script: when mailing validation
errors of a given language (other than English), omit all the errors
which *also* appear in the English validation output.  It's not going to
be perfect (because line numbers will have to be ignored), but should
work reasonably well in most cases, and not interfere the steady state
(no validation errors in the English version).


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 10.8
  APT prefers stable-debug
  APT policy: (500, 'stable-debug'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.19.0-14-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=pl_PL.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=pl_PL.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=pl_PL.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

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