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Subject: Re: .lang files
From: Daniel Stenberg (daniel_at_haxx.se)
Date: 2002-09-16


On Mon, 16 Sep 2002, Florian Mösch wrote:

> You've already got my well-thought objections before. I told you precisely
> why I would prefer using a standard format with exactly the same benefits
> as your proprietary approch. I won't repeat it again.

You told me your objections and suggested an alternative approach. I
appreciate that.

I told you why that was not working. We cannot have running-around looking
for string matches run-time in Rockbox.

If you have a solution to that problem, then feel free to provide it. I have
not see any, posted by you or anyone else.

Sorry, then I go with the best available suggestion. Which happens to be
almost the one I posted about, refined a little and somewhat more
thought-through and discussed with Linus and Björn.

> printf( _("Hello World.\n") );
> which is (I think so) very readable and very compact.
> I like it more than
> printf( str(HELLO_WORLD) );
> but this is only my opinion...

I can only agree that it is more readable and more convenient when writing
the code. I'm sorry we can't go that road.

May I repeat again that it would make a lot of run-time string-matching that
we don't want to do just to find translated strings.

Again, feel free to prove me wrong.

> > o desc would be a volountary/optional description of the phrase
>
> ... which I think is not necessary if you use "speaking" IDs or use the
> original string as ID and include a reference to the sources as a comment
> in the language file. The reference to the source should not be optional
> but mandatory.

A source code reference could easily be added to this once someone really
feel a need for it. It is quite easy to extend this format.

> I really don't want to restart tis discussion ...

You are.

> .... as *big boss* (TM) seems to have made his decision. Sorry for my
> complaints. But I'm still wondering why he sends "requests for comments"
> if he doesn't like critics.

I don't know who you're talking about, but I'll try to ask the next big boss
I encounter.

Unfortunately, being a grown-up is mandatory when discussing this with me.

-- 
Daniel "Bagder" Stenberg -- http://rockbox.haxx.se/



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