[Libreoffice] childs -> children

Mike Whiteley mike at whiteley.org
Thu Dec 8 01:35:57 PST 2011

I believe Child is simply an English borrowed word.  "Childs" is
not German, and since it is borrowed from English, I believe it is
also just as correct German to use Children instead of Childs.

Therefore, the change does not break the German, and shouldn't
break any decent translator.  I believe these changes are appropriate
in English and German texts.


On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 12:41 AM, Stefan Knorr (Astron)
<heinzlesspam at googlemail.com> wrote:
> Hi Tor, Mike,
>> And what about German comments like "wird gesetzt, wenn
>> RequestingChilds keine Childs gestzt hat" , is the word "Childs"
>> really English there? Or just an English loan-word but written
>> according to German rules (i.e. with initial capital), and inflected
>> according to German rules?
> Hm, while I think it is unnecessary to replace "childs" with
> "children" in German comments (we have to translate these later anyway
> and the translator hopefully knows the correct plural of "child"), I
> wouldn't say "childs" is an actual loan-word, I think the original
> commenter just wanted to use the English word, because it also appears
> in the code.
> Btw: the particular comment you (Tor) refer to translates to "Is set
> if RequestingChilds hasn't set any children."
> However, there are examples, where the "s" in "childs" is a genitive "s", as in:
> -            // Setzen des Childs, ueber Referenz, um die PagePos zu erhalten
> +            // Setzen des Children, ueber Referenz, um die PagePos zu erhalten
> or
> -            // Position des Childs nach Verschieben anpassen
> +            // Position des Children nach Verschieben anpassen
> In these cases, Mike's edits are nonsense and convert a single "Child"
> into multiple "Children."
> Regards,
> Astron.

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