A proposal for separate English localization

Eike Rathke erack at redhat.com
Tue Oct 17 11:39:35 UTC 2017

Hi Mike,

On Sunday, 2017-10-15 10:55:17 +0000, Kaganski Mike wrote:

> The source string is the key for all translations, and is kept immutable 
> after creation. But the localization string might change later, e.g. to 
> be consistent, like this:
>      source             locale
> "do foo action"    "Do Foo action"
> so they go out of sync.

And that is bad. If what is visible in the English UI does not match the
source then finding the source string of some UI element gets
complicated. Being able to locate the source of an UI string and from
there dive into its use in the code is a helpful procedure.

> Why not sustainable? Actually, we somehow expect all of our translations 
> to be kept in sync (as well as possible); so why do we think about this 
> one differently? Actually we have multiple places in code that should be 
> kept synchronized at all times, and this works well (e.g., some 
> enumeration values);

Translations (pootle etc.) are not code. In fact the primary source of
translations isn't even in a code repository, just merged from time to
time to the translations/ submodule. Technically it also doesn't matter
how much is translated to one language or if translations are accurate
(with a few exceptions).

> and if the sync state is being checked at compile 
> time (like some plugin maybe), this is absolutely possible.

Maybe I got you wrong. Are you talking about some merge back from
translations into source code to have the source synced with the English


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