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Re: GNU Coding Standards, internatialisation and plurals

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: GNU Coding Standards, internatialisation and plurals
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 18:11:33 -0500

Hi Michael,

Thanks for writing.

    This has the problem that not all languages treat singular and plural
    the same way as English.  

I see the problem, but what is the solution?  Repeating every message
containing a number to have separate cases for so many integers seems
quite impractical.  Cc-ing gnulib friends for their input ...

    Another thing worth mentioning is that it is better to limit strings
    to be translated to one number argument per sentence unit

A good point, thanks.  I can see the advice being hard to follow in
practice, though, since "found %d files in %d directories" is such a
natural expression in English.  Fortunately I don't think it comes up
*too* often.

Best regards,

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