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Re: add contact for translations (Re: tar German help text error)

From: François Pinard
Subject: Re: add contact for translations (Re: tar German help text error)
Date: 09 Oct 2000 20:23:27 -0400
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[Paul Eggert]

> If we were being inundated by translation bug reports it might be a
> different matter.  But as things stand I think it's easier for us to
> forward these bug reports than to deal with having multiple bug-report
> addresses.

If all maintainers were just forwarding linguistic gripes appropriately,
it would not be a problem.  But some maintainers are merely using the
Translation Project without best understanding it, and would either not
report the gripe where it should be, or worse, would involve themselves into
translation teams by conveying their own opinions, views, and directives.

> Gerhard Poul <address@hidden> writes:

> > Do you think we should put that into the source?

> Perhaps for some programs, but I think not for GNU tar.  Having
> multiple bug-report addresses makes it harder for users to submit bug
> reports correctly, and it therefore complicates things for the
> maintainers somewhat.

If the translated `--help' contains two report addresses, one for
programmatic and documentation matters, the other for linguistic gripes,
it helps keeping separate the responsibilities of the maintainer, and the
translation teams.  Moreover, it sends a clearer message to everybody that
these responsibilities are meant to be separated.  So, we should favour it.

François Pinard   http://www.iro.umontreal.ca/~pinard

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