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The tag numbering is done automatically, yes. Basically a new numbered tag is added whenever an empty line is found. You should never add tags. If you remove <translate></translate> tag pairs, leaving only one at the top and one oat the bottom it should not affect the section numbering. What it does do is show whole messages to the translators, whereas being precise in putting pairs in often ends up with translators seeing only a phrase without context. In some languages that makes a great deal of difficulty. To some extent this is an art rather than a science - thinking of how translators will see it.

10:45, 21 June 2012

In a page like this, we usually add <translate></translate> around individual items in lists. The reason is, that we want each bullet to appear in a separate translation unit, but adding blank lines between them would restart the list, which gives ugly results.

Did you intend the new subitems to not be translated?

15:38, 21 June 2012

Sorry, I think I am adding to confusion. Claus, take over and explain more clearly what works and what doesn't :-)

16:39, 21 June 2012

No. I did not intend the bits to not be translated. I was just kinda following your advice. But I think I get it now. Individual tags are probably good on this sort of thing. But on a big page on one topic - a single pair of tags is good

21:37, 21 June 2012

Actually, one single pair of tags is usually all right. It is only in dealing with certain issues where the translation system doesn't play nice with wiki markup that we need extra tags. Basically there are two kinds of issues that can arise:

  • If we want a blank line in the middle of a single translation unit it has to be done using <br /> (usually two is required).
  • We want to split lists in one translation unit per item, but sometimes wiki syntax doesn't allow blank spaces between items; in those cases we use the </translate><translate> trick.

When in doubt it's ok not to do anything. We'll pick it up.

08:36, 22 June 2012