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Re: make program message and full stop

From: Karl Eichwalder
Subject: Re: make program message and full stop
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 19:30:17 +0200
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"Paul D. Smith" <address@hidden> writes:

> Eli Z. has already expressed real concerns about the help format output;
> he's trying to convert messages to Hebrew, which is right-to-left!

Yes, that's an obvious example (I forgot about r-t-l systems, sorry!).

> For the next release, for the benefit of translators, I think I'll have
> to forgo the "constructed help message" code altogether and just make it
> a great big static string.  This will be less convenient for developers
> (me :)), but the command line interface doesn't change _that_ often.

Thanks for your cooperation!  Maybe, a compromise is possible.  Consider
to chunk the --help tableau a little bit (complete paragraphs, of
course): that's better for translators and I'm told some compilers have
certain limits.  Perhaps you can take a look at gettext (0.11.x) or a
recent textutils test release (2.0.20 or later).

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