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Re: [bug-gettext] Generalized Gettext, take two

From: Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] Generalized Gettext, take two
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 14:24:31 +0200
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On 19.05.2013 13:46, Chusslove Illich wrote:

> Hi,
> I wrote a design proposal for an extension to Gettext, composed of several
> distinct but not entirely independent features, that I called "generalized
> Gettext". Practical implementation, I guess, would take form of another
> library (incl. language bindings) in the Gettext distribution, plus one new
> keyword in the PO format (which implies updates to Gettext tools). The
> proposal is here:
> http://nedohodnik.net/gettextbis/index.html
> The text is longer, but the first section gives a brief example of all the
> features in action. The rest of the texts explains the features in detail.
> I have already made this proposal on Translation-i18n mailing list, but
> there was not much discussion. This thread is here:
> http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=27932895
> I'm posting again in case this list is maybe a better venue, or if perhaps
> the change in maintainership of Gettext has some influence.

I've read quickly through it and while I recognize some legitimate
drawbacks of current system, I don't see anything justifying such deep
changes. It would be more beneficial to improve current checks to ensure
that PO translations are correct (like better formatiing checks). New
system would have problems as well and new, unfamiliar bugs are worse
than already known ones, especially that I don't expect any significant
number of projects to migrate and so we'll end up with having to handle
both old and new bugs.

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