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On 12.10.2017 10:46, Michael Bauer wrote:

Sometimes 'cosmetic' change could mean a difference. To me is indicative if string is 1) in all caps, if 2) first letter is capitalized and if 3) all letters are lowercased.

Not a good reason Kruno. For one, not all scripts even entertain the idea of caps. CJK, Nagari, Amhara, Arabic-based ... non of them have caps. Yet somehow they manage to make their UI work.

Secondly, quite a lot of locales have strict lowercasing. Like ours. So caps in en-US don't make a blind bit of difference to our translations.

Thirdly, there is largely no rhyme, no reason, and apparently no season. In en-US, caps follow whatever the flavour of the month is. Evidence? Sure. Just as Microsoft was abandoning sentence case, LibreOffice went for it, or the other way round, I can't remember. Either way, round about the same time, their respective UI went *exactly* the opposite way.

If LO does not want to start treating en-US as a translatable locale, it really needs to introduce a new change category into Pootle of "cap change" which does not void existing translations but introduces a QA flag like "missing placeholder".

Right now, it feels like every time en-US play with their caps, they give 100 or so other locales the finger, as if our time didn't matter two hoots. And it's NOT like this is a novel issue, we've debated this ad nauseum and STILL you dump these on us volunteers. Do you know how much I'd charge for this kind of time?


Translating LibreOffice bought me a house.


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