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Re: [PATCH] create a convenient function to align/print option help text

From: Pádraig Brady
Subject: Re: [PATCH] create a convenient function to align/print option help text
Date: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 09:15:05 +0100
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On 09/03/2012 04:58 AM, Nguyen Thai Ngoc Duy wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 6:36 AM, Pádraig Brady <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Thanks for doing that.
>> I really like this, but wouldn't it invalidate all the existing translations?
>> It seems there would be a lot of work in transitioning coreutils usage() 
>> functions
>> to the scheme, but even more work munging existing translations?
> Existing translations should remain (though marked fuzzy). Translators
> just need to go through remove redundant parts.

Yep it would be a fairly manual process,
and one that would need to be done en masse,
so that many translations weren't invalidated
on a new release.

When I changed the df headings code to
abstract the translations in a similar way,
I updated all translations which Benno accepted
as a single tarball udate.  It took a couple
of hours to do this though, so updating usage()
for all commands could be a full day's work?

> The thing is translations should be updated anyway because of
> misalignment (I only checked ja and vi). We could use this opportunity
> to avoid potential work for translators later (e.g. a new long option
> is added and the whole table needs to be realigned, which currently
> changes every help string, or a misalign in original strings
> propagated to all translations).

Good point.

Would you be willing to update the translations as a group,
if I concentrated on the coreutils side?


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