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Re: [yast-devel] Changing the Attitude to Coding YaST
  • From: Andrea Turrini <andrea.turrini@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 14:53:31 +0200
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Hi all,

just my 2 cents as a translator since I want to point out some problem
I find when I translate (not specific for YaST, but I think you should
consider also such problems in your discussion about coding attitude).

2011/6/8 Lukas Ocilka <lukas.ocilka@xxxxxxx>:
Coding Standards
- The code should be not only understandable to ourselves but also to
the others.

In particular messages should be easily understandable also to translators.

- Examples:

* avoid string concatenation

For translators it is difficult to write good sentences when the
original message is split in several parts as a consequence of
concatenation of strings and parameters. This affects in particular
languages that distinguish genre as well as singular/plural.
For me (but I think it is the same for other translators), it is
better to have more strings (with placeholders) and repeated parts
than short but split strings.
For instance, the msgid "should not be empty" can be translated in
Italian in several ways, depending on the actual subject.

* Useful comments

Please consider to add useful comments also for translators: sometimes
it is difficult to translate in a right way some message involving
placeholders since it is not so easy to guess the term that replaces
the placeholder, so there can be a genre or singular/plural mismatch
in the resulting translation. Moreover, the order of placeholders
should not be imposed.

Similarly, since usually translators are not familiar as you with the
message context, sometimes it is difficult to parse correctly complex
messages, in particular when there is a quite long sequence of
adjectives and nouns that can be bound in different ways such that the
correct one depends on the context.

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