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Re: Localizing error messages

From: Andreas Stieger <andreas.stieger_at_gmx.de>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 21:23:38 +0100


On 23/01/16 11:51, Stefan Fuhrmann wrote:
> The topic has been brought up on IRC yesterday
> but I've found wondering myself the same thing
> in the past: What error messages should be
> marked for localization?
> In particular, most of the back-end libraries create
> "stuff is horribly broken" error messages whose
> specific contents is only meaningful to experts but
> not to ordinary admins or client users. We are quite
> inconsistent about the usage of _() in those libs and
> I myself wasn't consistent about it either.
> I suggest as a policy (in case that isn't already in
> place) that error messages shall not be localized
> id the user / admin cannot reasonable act on them.
> Specifically, I suggest that all "data corrupted" error
> messages become non-localized. If there is something
> that a user can do about it (transient network failure),
> higher levels should wrap the error appropriately.

I brought this up while updating translations. I do not really have
anything to add to what you wrote other than proposing the guidelines
that localisation should be on the UI, not on the internal implementation.

Received on 2016-01-24 21:23:47 CET

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