[PATCH] Add long comments to shared-mime-info XML file

Christian Neumair chris at gnome-de.org
Sun Oct 16 13:25:23 PDT 2005

Am Sonntag, den 16.10.2005, 19:21 +0200 schrieb Lars Hallberg:
> Christian Neumair wrote:
> >a) Backwards compatibility. I know, we haven't reached 1.0 yet, and
> >don't make semantic guarantees but it's plain unfriendly to introduce
> >markup in a previously markup-free string which could be interpreted
> >plain. GNOME 2.10 and 2.12 would display the abbr tag carbon, which is a
> >no no.
> >  
> >
> What about "CSS [Cascading Style Sheet] stylesheet". Whit the 
> expectation that implementation shuld remove text betwin []s and may 
> present it as tooltip (or in other form) for the word befor the []s. 
> Yes, it will look redundant and ugly in older implementation, but not 
> *that* ugly, and it is only an transient problem. And it is possable to 
> ship just "CSS styleshet" for a time and add the "[Cascading Style 
> Sheet]" when implementation have catched up and start to apere in 
> distrubutions to minimise the problem.
> >b) i18n. I used to be the translation coordinator for the German l10n
> >crew at GNOME for a few years, and my experience with translators was
> >and is that they often don't compile the software they translate, or
> >don't know how to figure out how a po string maps to the final
> >application. You can't rely on them being properly informed about the
> >technology they use.
> >  
> >
> Abowe format shuld help in translation, att least a bit.

It is still not markup free and still not backwards-compatible. It is
actually very likely that a package already ships a description
containing [ and ].

Also, how should we go about LTR languages? Will the contents in
brackets replace the contents on the left or on the right? The answer is
that we can never be sure how a particular string is represented in some
random language, so string merging isnt a good idea.

Christian Neumair <chris at gnome-de.org>
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