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Re: [l10n] problem: BDB_WRAP macro in libsvn_fs_base

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2005-02-27 23:59:32 CET

Erik Huelsmann wrote:
> The BDB_WRAP macro in libsvn_fs_base is given a partial string to insert
> into another string which provides context.

The context string is:
"Berkeley DB error while %s for filesystem %s:\n"

The partial strings for the first "%s" are verb phrases:
   "creating environment"
   "opening 'nodes' table"
   "getting youngest revision (closing cursor)"

Do you not think that that combination can be successfully translated? I think
it probably can be. For example, here is a translation into English with
different word order, punctuation, voice and tense:

"%s. During this operation on the filesystem %s, Berkeley DB returned the
following error:\n"
   "An environment was being created"
   "The 'nodes' table was being opened"
   "While closing the cursor, the youngest revision was being sought"

> This is exactly the situation as described in the gettext manual how *not*
> to do it :-)

I doubt that those instructions were intended to cover situations where a _lot_
of duplication is avoided and each partial string is a phrase that _can_ be

- Julian

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