[development] Translations for HEAD and a possible string freeze

Angela Byron drupal-devel at webchick.net
Fri Aug 25 16:43:32 UTC 2006

> I suggest that we'll do a string freeze for the HEAD version one month
> after the code freeze. That would be October 1st.

I agree strongly in principle with this approach, because I fully  
recognize the problems associated with creating translations -- even  
if the wording changes by one letter you have to re-do work.

The practical problem, however, is that documentation/rewording  
patches are among the last to get in. This is both because they're  
"gold-plating"   stuff, often only addressed after all the "major"  
bugs are taken care of, but also because functionality/paths/etc. can  
still change between a code freeze and a release, so you end up re- 
writing documentation (and thus translations) if you write it too early.

I'd therefore really appreciate it if we could tie the string freeze  
to a major project milestone such as beta 1 (or even, preferably, RC  
1 if that would give enough time), rather than an arbitrary date. We  
simply have no idea what HEAD will look Sept. 1 or how long it will  
take to get it stable enough that documentation writers can go in and  
do their thing.


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