L10n and Docs fallback

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 19:38:39 UTC 2008

We have several problems currently brewing with using hosted git repos
of Publican-based documents with L10n's Transifex (Tx).

1.  Publican uses multiple POT files instead of the single POT model.
    Transifex apparently does not currently handle multiple POT files

2.  The current (obsolete but soon to be replaced) Damned Lies (DL)
    used in L10n doesn't respond well to multiple POT files either.

3.  There may also be some issues in Tx about support for the ISO
    language codes used in Publican.

I've asked Dimitris Glezos to give us an idea how much work is
involved in fixing each of these factors.

Problem #1 is a high risk, and if we can't solve it quickly we have to
fall back to our original methodologies.

Problem #2 is lower risk, because DL is being obsoleted anyway, and Tx
will soon take over its duties.  Plus there is the possibility of a
low-drag workaround, which I think some folks are working on now.

Problem #3 is medium-to-high risk -- again, translators need to be
able to get at the content.

I expect Dimitris, Asgeir, and other L10n leaders will respond to this
thread with some suggestions for (1) some estimate of how big these
problems really are, (2) whether they can have the higher-risk ones
repaired in the next, say, 1-2 weeks.

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