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[bug-gettext] Coordination on standardizing gettext() in future POSIX

From: Eric Blake
Subject: [bug-gettext] Coordination on standardizing gettext() in future POSIX
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2018 11:32:50 -0500
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Hello GNU gettext folks,

Jörg Schilling is interested in standardizing gettext() and friends in a future version of POSIX (as a replacement to the hard-to-use catgets() that is currently standardized). See http://austingroupbugs.net/view.php?id=1122

While there are probably things in GNU gettext that won't be standardized (for example, xgettext(1) has some long-only options, but POSIX will only standardize short options), it is worth coordinating the bare minimum set of features that are portable across GNU and other implementations of gettext, as well as any wording changes that need to be added (such as documenting thread-safety, locale interactions, whether bindtextdomain() can only safely be used once prior to creating threads, and so on) in order to actually be included in the standards.

Thus, this email is more of an introduction to make sure everyone interested in the project is aware of where to write/review any wording proposals for accomplishing the addition into POSIX.

Eric Blake, Principal Software Engineer
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