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Re: [bug-gettext] Further about --kde mode for xgettext

From: Daiki Ueno
Subject: Re: [bug-gettext] Further about --kde mode for xgettext
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:40:27 +0900
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Sorry for late response.

Chusslove Illich <address@hidden> writes:

> In kde-xml-format using &amp; is required only if it would start a
> valid entity reference which is not wanted. E.g.  "Ask &for
> confirmation" is valid kde-xml-format. So standard XML well-
> formedness check cannot be applied.

Thanks, I missed that point.  Then it would make sense to treat it
specially for KDE.

> The other reason is more principal. Having both foo-format and xml-format
> flags would semantically indicate that the message is orthogonaly both
> foo-format and xml-format.

Yes, I've also thought about it, but didn't find any practical example.

> The technical difference to --qt and --boost is that with those formats the
> argument substitution does not happen if the original string has no
> placeholders, and there is no integral markup processing.

Sorry, I'm not talking about the difference of those formats, but about
the option semantics.  If I understand correctly (from the xgettext
code), they are supposed to work as: "mark any string with X-format
which can be interpreted as a valid X-format string".  In that sense,
it's not surprising to me that all normal strings are marked as
kde-format when --kde is specified.

But I could be wrong; neither the documentation nor the help text
explicitly state that.

Daiki Ueno

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