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== Please keep logical section together in one translation unit! ==
Sometimes a section has displayed material in the middle, like a line of code to enter in a console - sometimes this even appears in the middle of a section. It is '''not''' a good idea to split such sections in several translation units. Working with such broken sections means, that we must try to translate them out of context which is difficult and error prone. (Of course we could have the original page open in a separate tab, but having to search the page for the part corresponding to a particular unit doesn't exactly make the job of translators easier.)
For a particularly striking example of the ill effects of "overly agressive" splitting of the text please refer to [[Akonadi 4.4/Troubleshooting]]. I the English original, translation units nrs. 74, 106 and 107 make up one sentence - unit 106 is a command displayed in the middle of the sentence. In the Danish translation the whole section precedes the command, so the translation of unit 107 should be empty - I don't know how this can be accomplished, so at present the Danish page shows the English end of the section after the command.
This particular problem can certainly be solved by making a less naturally flowing translation or by rephrasing the English original to something less fragmented. The real point, however, is that this kind of problem is going to keep popping up in the most unexpected places unless we keep full section together in single units. I am sure that this problem is going to be even worse for languages less closely related to English. --[[User:Claus chr|Claus chr]] 21:35, 24 June 2010 (CEST)
:I have discussed this with yurchor, who also knows the needs of the docbook translators.  He agrees that removing the white space around the single lines of code would be a sensible resolution to this.  OTOH, he also raises the question as to whether we should treat single lines of code in the same was a blocks of code, i.e. box them, for consistency.  What is your opinion on that?  This seems the ideal time to iron out rules :-) --[[User:Annew|annew]] 14:41, 26 June 2010 (CEST)
::I also think that it is a good idea to treat single lines of code the same as blocks of code.
:::OK - I'll get that written into the guidelines, and make changes when I do edits.
::I agree that now is a good time to think through the typographical guidelines. I have noted that some pages have an excessive amount of emphasized text. I think this may render the text less readable, so maybe we should consider removing some items from the list of things that should be bolded. I would suggest that application names don't neeed to be bolded. They nearly allways contain capital letters, and that should be enough. We would then have to be consistent with capitalization af application names, but that is probably a good thing anyway. --[[User:Claus chr|Claus chr]] 10:17, 27 June 2010 (CEST)
:::I think that application names are always bolded for docbook, so we may have to live with that.  Certainly it was on the list that blueck and yurchor gave me.  One place I do hope to remove bold typeface is on links.  Currently the links are not sufficiently visible without bold, but when the new theme is complete (it's well on the way, I believe) they will have better contrast.  It may be time to start removing them now. --[[User:Annew|annew]] 13:37, 27 June 2010 (CEST)
== Links to subsections ==
There seems to be a problem with links to different sections of a page. On [[Glossary]] towards the top of the page there is a link to [[Glossary#Virtual Desktops]] (written simply as <nowiki>[[#Virtual Desktops|''Virtual Desktops'']]</nowiki>) - klicking on that has no effect. I haven't checked the other internal links on the Glossary page, but have observed the same problem in the Danish translation. --[[User:Claus chr|Claus chr]] 11:51, 25 June 2010 (CEST)
: The section markup had been removed from the Glossary page.  It has been replaced, so they should work again now. --[[User:Annew|annew]] 20:26, 25 June 2010 (CEST)
:: Yes. I found a pair of typos, which probably go way back, so now they all work. Thanks. --[[User:Claus chr|Claus chr]] 10:02, 26 June 2010 (CEST)
== Breakage Policy ==
If someone for some reason break the translations in GNOME, Fedora, and Debian, this person have to unfuzzy '''all''' the translations that have been done, if the changes are just formatting, better modules composition, or something like this.  Such a policy prevent "mad heads" from changing too much at once.
What do you think about pursuing this policy here? --[[User:Yurchor|Yurchor]] 07:23, 28 June 2010 (CEST)
:Recently a feature was added that allows for minor changes to not be fuzzied. Keeping formatting out of the translatable content will also help a lot here to prevent this. Unfortunately a whole lot of pages were already tagged for translation before there was clarity on proper tagging. See next topic for an update on this. [[User:Siebrand|siebrand]] 10:34, 28 June 2010 (CEST)
== Templates ==
Some templates such as <nowiki>{{community-app}}</nowiki> exists in translated versions like <nowiki>{{community-app_da}}</nowiki>. They should be included in the translation units like regular text unless the translation system can somehow be made template aware. --[[User:Claus chr|Claus chr]] 17:22, 28 June 2010 (CEST)
:The above remark may be mistaken. At least in some cases the template has been included in the translation unit, only the translation system didn't show its precense (at least not clearly enough for me to notice). However, there is another problem: the <nowiki>{{Community-app-footnote}}</nowiki> template seems allways to be separated form the category lines by a blank line and thus does not belong to any translation unit. The easiest solution would seem to be removing the blank line unless that messes up the display. Otherwise, perhaps we should have a separate translation unit for this template, when it is present? --[[User:Claus chr|Claus chr]] 19:33, 28 June 2010 (CEST)
::I modified some pages to include the templates, changes not yet marked for translation. I think this is the reason for your perplexity.--[[User:Caig|Caig]] 20:21, 28 June 2010 (CEST)
:::Are You saying, that templates are treated as part of the regular text and so not excluded from translation? If so, I'll just wait for them to be marked and deal with them then. --[[User:Claus chr|Claus chr]] 22:22, 28 June 2010 (CEST)
::::Yes. When I translated the Applications/something pages, only one template was included in the translatable text. I added the others, now they seem included in the source, but are not prepared for translation yet.--[[User:Caig|Caig]] 10:45, 29 June 2010 (CEST)
:::::Until we get some concensus about the catalogue-like pages, Applications/whatever, I'd suggest that you don't do any more translations.  We might mark some versions for translation so that you can see how the markup affects you, but don't do any work on those pages.  Actually, if we stick to working on the Welcome page for experiments it should keep things more simple.  Once we have concensus I'll apply it to all the catalogue pages then mark them for translation.  We're trying to find ways to meet most needs without creating unnecessary work. --[[User:Annew|annew]] 12:35, 29 June 2010 (CEST)

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