using gettext for .desktop translations
lueck at hube-lueck.de
Fri Dec 11 21:11:05 GMT 2009
Am Freitag, 11. Dezember 2009 16:31:01 schrieb Jonathan Riddell:
> Currently .desktop translations are kept in-file rather than using
> gettext .po/.mo files as every other translation does. This adds
> extra complexity to application's translation infrastucture. Although
> KDE SVN has its own ways of coverting to and back from .po files third
> party apps don't. It also means distributions can't easily ship
> updated translations. Both Ubuntu and openSUSE patch KDE and Gnome to
> make them use translations from gettext instead of .desktop files.
> Should we consider changing the way these translations are done? I
> believe the glib maintainers are looking at this too.
Looking at http://techbase.kde.org/Schedules I see a minor release in 4.x
every month with bug fixes in the code, updated translations of gui,
documentation and *.desktop files, all together consistent.
From a translators/doc-writers pov the time frame for these frequently
updates should not be shorter than 4 weeks to enable the teams to do a
substantial amount of updates and improvements for docs + translations.
Beside the valid concerns from Pino/Kevin/Chusslove I therefore see no need to
change the i18n tool chain in kde.
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