Fwd: Please check your sources for strings not marked for translation before release

Ankitkumar Rameshchandra Patel ankit at redhat.com
Tue May 8 06:44:04 UTC 2012

Thought of forwarding it here as it also occurs with us in most of the
Fedora packages where Fedora is upstream. We (translators) always try to
find out where did we miss the translations when we find that a
particular package has something viewed in English during the testing phase.

So, developers, please please check or make sure that you are marking
all translatable messages as translatable, otherwise it would never come
to us (translators) and would never go to end users as localized messages.

Thanks a lot!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Please check your sources for strings not marked for
translation before release
Date: Mon, 07 May 2012 13:59:45 +0200
From: Kenneth Nielsen <k.nielsen81 at gmail.com>
To: gnome-i18n at gnome.org, desktop-devel-list at gnome.org

Hallo developers.

Since the release of GNOME 3.4 we have received a steady stream of
emails saying "This is not a string freeze break, we just forgot to mark
the strings for translation". So much so, that the statistics e.g. for
my language (which has not been touched since release) now counts 63*
untranslated or fuzzy strings in a source that was at 0 at release time,
three weeks ago.

I understand the reason for not counting marking existing strings as a
string freeze break. But please understand that even though you are in
your right to fix things like this post release, and even though it off
course makes sense to do it, it does not mean that it is not annoying
and a burden for translators.

The reason for this is that we concentrate large amounts of work in the
period just before release (where string changes are relatively quiet),
so therefore it is also an advantage for us if we can finish as much of
it as possible in that period (of course also because a lot of us has an
extra hat as distribution translators for distributions that follow
within a month or so of the gnome release). On top of that, small
updates are uncharacteristically expensive in a work/string-sense
because they involve the same amount of emails back and forth for
proofreading and git work.

So please... If you could make a bit more of an effort of checking your
sources for non-internationalized strings before release that would be
great. IMHO 63 is just a bit on the high side of where this number should be

Regards Kenneth

* These 63 off course also include genuinely new strings due e.g. to bug
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