Potentially ambiguous entries in docbook-locales

Runa Bhattacharjee runab at redhat.com
Tue Aug 11 11:13:12 UTC 2009

While translating docbook-locales, a few entries are bugging me a bit. I am 
writing in here in an attempt to understand how the other teams have tackled 
these strings. These are here:

msgid "Set Index"

#. Tag: para
#: locale.xml:111
#, no-c-format

I have currently translated this (and the lowercase version of the same string) 
as "an index of sets" where "set" refers to "groups" (as per the translation 
note in string number 94). Is this context correct?


msgid "by"

#. Tag: para
#. LOCALIZATION NOTE: attribution of authorship: 'Romeo and Juliet' by William 
#: locale.xml:128
#, no-c-format

This is the tricky one. From the translators note it seems that the translated 
version of "by" would be used in a format like '<name-of-book> by 
<name-of-writer>'. Now this would have been quite easy to write if the 
construction of the sentence in my language follows the same structure as in 
English. Unfortunately, this is not the case and a literal representation of the 
'<name-of-book> by <name-of-writer>' structure would be extremely incorrect 

We would probably follow a structure like: <name-of-book> <name-of-writer> 
<translation for 'written by'> (a simple 'by' would not be a perfect fit)


I am curious to know how the other languages with a similar problem have handled 

Btw, in case this needs to be put in a bug, I would be happy to do so.

Thanks in advance


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