F9 Countdown Translation

Christian Rose menthos at menthos.com
Mon Apr 7 20:17:50 UTC 2008

On 4/7/08, Alan Cox <alan at redhat.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 07, 2008 at 08:33:34AM +0300, Alexandru Szasz wrote:
>  > There are about 9 letters available for "Launch" and for "days". And
>  > "Launch" doesn't have to be necessarily be "Launch" when translating,
>  > it could be "Out in x days", so I think there's a possibility to
>  This also doesn't work for some languages. The 'x' changes the days word in
>  at least some Celtic languages and singular/plural is itself a non portable
>  idea in others (eg zero is plural form in English, singular in many languages,
>  all number forms are singular in some languages etc)
>  In x days is one of those things where it is best to either use
>  "Days to go:"
>  type formats or offer a lot of complete strings

This is indeed a big problem for many languages that have several plural forms.
If you want to keep the "Released in %d days" wording, there's no way
around using ngettext on the string (and using po files), and
producing the svg using the result from that. This whole problem was
the very reason ngettext was invented.


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