[Openstack-i18n] Including the final : with strings

Julie Pichon jpichon at redhat.com
Wed Apr 30 09:53:36 UTC 2014

On 29/04/14 23:25, Douglas Fish wrote:
> There is a bug and associated code review open for Horizon regarding how to
> handle the trailing ":" on some messages:
> The Bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/horizon/+bug/1296075
> The Code Review: https://review.openstack.org/#/c/84342/
> The bug and existing code advocate removing the final ":" from strings that
> have it for consistency.  While I understand the need for consistency, I
> just got a request from a French translator to do the opposite
> implementation.  The translator for French shared with me that including
> the punctuation as part of the translatable material makes it much easier
> to create a correct translation.  In French, a space is expected between
> the final word and the final punctuation, including a colon. When the
> translators are looking at "Image Details:", its much easier from them to
> recognize where the space should go so they can create "Détails de
> l'image :". Without the colon as part of the message its hard to know if
> they should add a trailing space or not.
> What's the feeling from the i18n community about how we should treat the
> final punctuation on our strings?

With a disclaimer that I am not a translator, it seems to me if removing
the punctuation prevents a language team from creating high quality
translations, we should not remove it.

Looking around the web for software localisation and colons, this seems
to be a known pitfall especially when it comes to French, and the usual
recommendation is to keep the punctuation in.

(The bug also mentions trailing whitespace in strings - that sounds to
me like it should be removed with no issues!)



> Doug Fish
> _______________________________________________
> Openstack-i18n mailing list
> Openstack-i18n at lists.openstack.org
> http://lists.openstack.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/openstack-i18n

More information about the Openstack-i18n mailing list