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Re: [Bug-gnulib] 4-gary-version-etc-full-author-string.patch

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] 4-gary-version-etc-full-author-string.patch
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 21:36:48 +0200

Paul Eggert <address@hidden> wrote:
> Jim Meyering <address@hidden> writes:
>> How about this (just checked in to coreutils)?
>> +#define FMT_TEMPLATE _("Written by %sand %%s.\n")
>> ...
>> +    for (i = 0; i < n_authors - 1; i++)
>> +      s = stpcpy (s, "%s, ");
> I doubt whether this will internationalize well.  Not every language
> uses ", " to separate authors; and not every language uses the same
> convention that English does for "," and "and"-like words, when
> conjoining author lists.  The code fails in a small way even for some
> English writers, as many people omit "," before "and" even when there
> are three or more authors.  (That's how I was taught to write when I
> was young.)
> _("Written by Jim Meyering and Paul Eggert.") is simpler and more
> robust; that's what I'd use.

I suppose you're right.
I'll revert those changes and do as you suggest.

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