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Le 02/12/2013 12:39, Olivier Hallot a écrit :

As translator for LibreOffice since 2003, I often see less than
optimal english strings to translate and I believe other
translators also has the perception that the original english can
be improved (other than typos).

Although the origin of the english strings are from the developers,
and they are focused in producing code and fixing bugs more than
writing beautiful english, it may be necessary that we - the
community and in a continuous process - start reviewing the
linguistics in english.

Yes, and not only for localization sake, but also for the quality of
the en_US version. There is several menus/dialogs where camel case is
not used, where the '&' character is used, where ellipsis are not
useful, where Tab/Pane/Deck are used for the same, etc.
I thought that Glade would bring more quality but what is missing the
most is maybe a referential glossary for developers (or they have one
that should be updated maybe).

Se for example the use of buttons that has ellipsis (...) as
string. What is the meaning of the ellipsis? It may vary a lot
depending on the context: it can open a file, open a new dialog,
expand an current active dialog, etc... For the layman, the
ellipsis can go unoticed quite often.

So, for example, my plea is to replace ellipsis (...) by some more 
meaningful string as "More...", "Browse...", "Open...", etc... Many
more strings should be reviewed because often the english language
can be extremely concise, word-saving, often dubious, and put
translators into trouble to find the exact meaning of the feature.

That may be an easy hack, or even a task for a skilled
non-programmer linguist, sort of transtating en-US to

Yes, you're right and Glade should ease the task here because all the
dialogs are in the same place and easy to review one by one. But for
me the first task would be to set a referential glossary or update it
if it exists already.

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