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Re: [bug-gettext] Appropriate place for usage questions?

From: Daiki Ueno
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] Appropriate place for usage questions?
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:03:51 +0900
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Tom Quarendon <address@hidden> writes:

> This is a bug list, I’m after some guidance on usage of gettext, is
> there a more appropriate place?

Perhaps the help-gnu-utils mailing list might be a better place, but I
guess it is fine to ask such questions here.

> My question regards how to deal with some text that needs translating.
> I need to generate output from a program that consists, in English,
> of, for example:
> Message sent:
> To : address@hidden
> To : address@hidden
> Cc : address@hidden
> Subject: New cypher algorithm
> What’s the best approach for internationalising this? Do I have one
> message “Message sent:”, then one message “To:”, one “CC:” one
> “Subject:”? Since there can be multiple TO:, CC: lines etc, I don’t
> see what alternative there is, but would this be able to produce
> sensible output in, say, Japanese?

I think so.  Maybe you could check e-mail clients displaying such

> I have similar examples such as:
> Processing took:
> Cpu time: 1.2
> Real time: 3.4
> Memory : 2M
> Page swaps : 10
> Etc. Is each line of that a separate message?

If the fields are fixed, you can also consider putting it into a single
multi-line string.  For example, in C:

printf (_("Processing took:\n\
Cpu time: %s\n\
Real time: %s\n\
Memory : %s\n\
Page swaps : %s\n"), ...);

Daiki Ueno

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