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Re: binutils-2.21.53 bugs

From: Nick Clifton
Subject: Re: binutils-2.21.53 bugs
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 16:42:23 +0100
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Hi Tristan,

I think that currently we always use i18n macro _("xx") for all our strings - 
or we are supposed to.
As you have noticed, this is sometimes useless, particularly when the string is 
not subject to

Maintainers, must we not use _() macro for non-translatable string ?

I don't know if there was such a rule, but this is not clear at least to me.

Actually there is a rule, or at least a guidance:


  Using GNU gettext involves putting a call to the
  gettext macro around each string that might need
  translation—like this:

  printf (gettext ("Processing file `%s'..."));

Ie, "gettext()" or its abbreviation "_()" should only be used for strings that might need translation. Where translation is unnecessary, it should not be used.


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