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Thank you for the clarification, Andras!

While it may be hard to make rules for these things in LibreOffice, I
believe we as translators do need some rules (I know that I do). So that is
why I am trying to improve the existing rules, even though it may be a hard
task. Also, being a new translator, I probably have a fresh look at things,
which I would like to use to improve the existing internal documentation if


2014-11-29 6:39 GMT+01:00 Andras Timar <>:


On Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 2:02 AM, Jesper Hertel <>
On the other hand, there are variables like


that really should not be translated.

This search reveals a few of them:

So maybe the wiki should have said:

• *<X>*, where X is a word in uppercase letters, is *normally* a variable
which should not be translated. Some examples are <FIELDNAME>, <FIELD>,
• *<FILENAME>* is NOT a variable, though, and you should translate it!

But let us get some input from people with knowledge on the subject. :-)

It is hard to give rules when it comes to LibreOffice, which uses a
mix of technologies. <FILENAME> in backgroundpage.ui is a placeholder,
it will be replaced by the actual filename. It does not matter what
you write there (translated or not), it will be replaced. So it would
be better to make <FILENAME> non-translatable in the source (I've just
done it), and do not confuse translators with exceptions.


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