Re: keywords in desktop files, again

Stealing Matthias' email from gnome-i18n and replying on r-t:

On Fri, 2013-03-22 at 10:24 -0400, Matthias Clasen wrote:
I sent a mail about this in January already[1], but we are still
seeing a steady stream of broken syntax in translations for the
Keywords field in desktop files. Please, try to educate your fellow
translators about this issue, it is really making building GNOME
package updates cumbersome, since the desktop-file-validate call in
the spec file is normally the first place where this breakage becomes

In hindsight we all know better, so I've added some recommendations:

When we started introducing keywords we should have required maintainers
to add translator comments to all * files, explaining to
keep unlocalized semicolons and to end the list with a semicolon,
instead of relying on "spreading the word" among translators.

Whatever future Gnome Goals anybody will come up with, it's not hard to
do way better next time and avoid screwups of such extent. (I'm mostly
angry at myself that I didn't intervene at some earlier point.)

Wondering whether to issue a call to maintainers to add translator
comments (as described now on the wikipage linked above), for future
translations (otherwise I expect the same problems for 3.10).
Plus to apologize to our hard-working translators for not making it
clear *in the po files instead of some mailing list* how to do the
translation correctly.

Andre Klapper  |  ak-47 gmx net

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