[Aptitude-devel] Bug#672467: [L10N, DE] aptitude: updated german program translation

Daniel Hartwig mandyke at gmail.com
Fri May 11 11:28:16 UTC 2012


On 11 May 2012 18:57, Axel Beckert <abe at debian.org> wrote:
>> Is it common in your locale to have periods there?
> Definitely. It's likely the reason why I would expect to have periods there
> in English, too. :-)
>> In english locale many programs intentionally do not have those,
> In German every complete sentence should end with a period (IIRC also
> called "full stop").

Even for error messages?  I just wonder what the average program does
for those in German.

>> and this is generally the case in aptitude. This is a
>> quasi-standard, and recommended by gnu coding standards.
> Huh? Couldn't find that. I looked at
> http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/html_node/Doc-Strings-and-Manuals.html
> Looking at the examples at
> http://www.gnu.org/prep/standards/html_node/Internationalization.html
> I don't see a real rule when to end a string with or without a period.

Referring to error and usage messages, the last paragraphs of:


Though a recent change to aptitude's usage info on --help did the
opposite -- oops!  Now I see that Holger's patch also restores the
usage text to the "suggested" format without periods :-)


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