Lokalization for KDE AppStream AppData files

Matthias Klumpp matthias at tenstral.net
Tue Feb 25 21:26:23 GMT 2014

2014-02-25 21:49 GMT+01:00 Kevin Krammer <krammer at kde.org>:
> On Tuesday, 2014-02-25, 21:15:36, Matthias Klumpp wrote:
>> 2014-02-25 20:38 GMT+01:00 Kevin Krammer <krammer at kde.org>:
>> > And the workflow of both intltool and itstool suggest that they always
>> > consider their output to be fully generated and not editable so they
>> > should
>> > really have the option of writing such a warning.
>> > Just like UIC does or MOC.
>> Only developers should have to edit that file - translators will
>> translate the po file which is used by itstool/intltool to translate
>> the XML.
> Well, my understanding was that nobody will edit that file. Developers would
> edit the template, translators would edit po files and the tool generates the
> appdata file, no?
Yes, that is the workflow. The generated file would just be committed
to the Git repo.

>> And I consider developers to be smart enough to edit the
>> source-file and not the generated one (print a warning somewhere might
>> be a good idea anyway...)
> It is always good to have an additional hint. Usually tools that generate
> output that is overwritten everytime the tool runs generate such a warning
> header.
> I had kind of assumed that intltool and itstool would do the same since their
> output is, as far as my unterstanding was, not meant to be edited.
>> Itstool has a nice summary of the workflow described here:
>> http://itstool.org/documentation/basic-usage/
> It seems to recommend the "generated file" approach:
> "When using join mode, it’s common to maintain a monolingual version of the
> file along with translations in PO files, and to build the multilingual file
> that gets shipped."
Jup - I haven't found someone yet who has translation merged in the
XML (and I searched for that, so we could use whatever they would use,
but nobody does it, apparently).

> Couldn't hurt for it to have an option to generate a warning into as well. A
> lot of tools that produce such "overwrite" content do.
That would be trivial - if the tool doesn't support it, we could
postprocess the generated file and add it.

> Anyway, prepending a comment could even be done by script that runs the tool I
> guess.


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