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Re: smart quotes in German

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: Re: smart quotes in German
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2019 21:56:53 +0100
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Tim Rühsen wrote:
> there seems to be some kind of inconsistency.
> $ LANGUAGE=de cp
> cp: Fehlender Dateioperand
> „cp --help“ liefert weitere Informationen.
> $ LANGUAGE=de wget
> wget: URL fehlt
> Aufruf: wget [OPTION]... [URL] …
> »wget --help« gibt weitere Informationen.
> Which one is correct ?

Since both coreutils and wget get their translations through the Translation
Project [1], the question is one of the German translation team in the
Translation Project.

In this translation team, there is considerable freedom; what you see as an
inconsistency is thus in fact a different preference of different translators.
In fact, Wikipedia lists both as common choices in Germany and Austria. [2]


[1] https://translationproject.org/domain/index.html

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