[development] updating translations: how valuable is user data after all?
gabor at hojtsy.hu
Tue May 22 19:47:50 UTC 2007
Ashraf Amayreh wrote:
> What if the update script compared the PO imported strings to the ones
> in the database, if they are identical it would be marked as "not
> modified" in the newly added modified bit, else, it would be marked as
> modified. Would that work?
Well, the idea of the modified bit would be to mark what you modified on
the web interface, so we can protect them from later modifications. The
fact that an updated translation contains modified strings does not mean
you ever touched the original ones. Keeping them in the database would
conserve the bad translations the teams try to update. This reuse of the
modified bit would be against the intended role of the modified bit.
Of course we can reposition the suggested modified bit, but then it will
not serve a protection role, just some kind of notification that the
version in the system is different in the PO files. How would that serve
the user? How would users clean up this stuff, to distinguish between
translation team updated strings and real user modified translations?
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