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Re: [patch] info: feedback messages in echo area want a period

From: Benno Schulenberg
Subject: Re: [patch] info: feedback messages in echo area want a period
Date: Sun, 21 May 2017 17:15:54 +0200

On Sat, May 20, 2017, at 19:18, Gavin Smith wrote:
> On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 10:09:26PM +0200, Benno Schulenberg wrote:
> > Okay.  If you will leave the periods in translations alone.
> Translations are organised separately through the Translation Project, 
> as you know, and what happens in translations is a matter for the 
> language communities and translators involved.  Developers of projects 
> using the TP for translations don't tell translators what to do.  That's 
> my understanding of how it is supposed to work, anyway.

Correct.  That is how it is supposed to work.  But sometimes there
is a maintainer who thinks he can edit PO files to his liking.

> So if 
> translators did put full stops at the ends of messages, I wouldn't 
> complain about it.


By the way, you didn't change the feedback messages about
being on the first or last node.  Why?

> > Hm.  Are you suggesting that also info's very first message should
> > be stripped from its periods?
> > 
> >   Welcome to Info version 6.3.90.  Type H for help, h for tutorial.
> That's not possible because it is two sentences.

Even if it were just one sentence, it's far better /with/ a period.
Or really: it is only /correct/ with a period.

> I'm more concerned about lines like
>   -a, --all                    use all matching manuals.
> from the --help text, which possibly shouldn't end in a full stop.
> It appears to be usual for such lines not to.

Yes, those option descriptions shouldn't end in a period
-- it is the usual style, /and/ a period is incorrect when
a phrase doesn't start with a capital.


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