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Re: [bug-gettext] broken handling of unicode code point escapes in Tcl

From: Daiki Ueno
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] broken handling of unicode code point escapes in Tcl
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:17:52 +0900
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Guido Berhoerster <address@hidden> writes:

> Or you could simply add an option to not substitute \u escapes
> at all, that is the behavior of the diverse native Tcl
> .msg-format extractors that float around (e.g. thos included in
> in tkabber or coccinella) and what I'd personally prefer.

I think it wouldn't be that easy and probably not the way to go.  Even
if it is fine with you to have Tcl-escaped strings in PO files, that
might confuse translators and PO editors, as it is hard to determine
whether or not a msgid is escaped.  Particularly when PO files are
edited on the Web and translators have no knowledge about the actual
programming language used in the code from where the strings are

Yes, it could be implemented as an option for Tcl only, but all the
relevant tools need to be aware of that change: xgettext, msgfmt,
po-mode.el, etc. and external PO editors.  I fear any inconsistency if
the option is mistakenly used.

Daiki Ueno

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