make translatable?

Daniel Shahaf danielsh at
Fri May 1 21:30:53 UTC 2020

Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote on Fri, 01 May 2020 10:08 +0200:
> Translations are no different.  What we're proposing for this website
> is something that is achievable with the small level of contributor
> time that is available.  We can definitely deliver something that is
> useful without being a maintenance burden using established software
> and patterns.  It will not be perfect, and it would not be able to
> provide the specific feature you describe.

Okay.  Thanks for clarifying this.

> I know of no translation workflow software that will provide this
> specific feature that you are asking for.  I know that people can do it
> manually, but that's a lot more work.  po4a is a great tool, its written
> in perl, and the maintainers welcome contributions, if anyone wants to
> implement such a feature.

IIRC, there was at least one translation toolkit that presents
translators with one paragraph at a time, and then, if a paragraph's
translation was missing, the English version would be used, exactly as
in the git-reset(1) usage output I posted upthread.  (I don't remember
its name, but in any case that was years ago.)  Such a design would
involve zero ongoing overhead and address the out-of-datedness concern,
though I grant it has not only upsides but also downsides.

I don't have anything to add.  The concern is clear, I hope, as are the
existing ways to address it.  Beyond this point, I defer to the list.

Thanks for the information!


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