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questions about when and how it is appropriate to translate storage terms

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Greetings, i18n list. I have a few questions about how things related to storage should be translated. I have a few situations where I would like to know how a non-English speaker (and in particular a speaker of a language that uses non-Latin characters) would expect something to be displayed, and how they expect something to be input.

1: Partition labels.

For display, consider the following screen: http://dshea.fedorapeople.org/storage_i18n/es_format_summary.png Should anything in the type ("Tipo" in this image) column be translated? Things like "partition", "physical volume", "BIOS Boot", "EFI System Partition". Some of these strings also represent names that are written to the partition table for disk labels that support it. Would you expect these strings to be localized or would they all be in English? Would a system with a non-English firmware display something like "EFI System Partition," or would it be a localized string?

2: Partition sizes

If you want to create a partition that's 500MB, how would you input that size? How would you expect it to be displayed?

Here's a couple of images in Kazakh since it's non Latin and happens to have translations in blivet: http://dshea.fedorapeople.org/storage_i18n/kk_size_input.jpg http://dshea.fedorapeople.org/storage_i18n/kk_size_display.jpg

Would you expect sizes to be displayed as the localized МБ, or would you expect "MB"? How would you expect to be able to input the size? Should it be able to accept both localized and English sizes?

Related to that, the localized "МБ" and other strings are built by concatenating the translation of "M" for mega- with the translation of "B" for byte. Is that problematic? What would be the correct to handle it?

Thank you for your help.

David Shea

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