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Re: automake po / pot file integration: when to merge the PO files?

From: Ralf Wildenhues
Subject: Re: automake po / pot file integration: when to merge the PO files?
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 22:50:32 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2010-04-22)


* Yavor Doganov wrote on Tue, Sep 07, 2010 at 10:17:07AM CEST:
> В Mon, 06 Sep 2010 11:32:54 +0100, Roger Leigh написа:
> > I'd like to suggest that the best way to tackle the problem is to
> > simply stop generating the source file/line number comments by
> > default; I'm already doing this in some of my projects by adding
> > "--no-location" to XGETTEXT_OPTIONS in po/Makevars.  It's a massive
> > improvement.
> Improvement for you as a maintaner, probably.  It's a massive disaster
> for translators.
> > A question I have is "what purpose does having the line number and
> > source file serve"?
> Automatically jumping to the source.  That's invaluable.

Well, automatically jumping to a specific place in source code can be
achieved with a more stable indexing method that file:line: annotations.
An example is how tags/TAGS files work: they encode a file name and a
search regex that looks like a sed /^pattern/.

Now, I'm not sure reusing tags functionality exactly is possible;
translator tools will need some adjustment to work with this.  But that
adjustment would be fairly straightforward, and the resulting
translation file contents could have much more stable contents.



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