Copying translations between releases

Jeroen Vermeulen jtv at
Tue Jan 29 14:37:23 UTC 2008

Hello translators,

I would like to ask for your feedback on something.

As you are probably aware, when we open a new Ubuntu release for 
translation, we start out with a copy of all the translations in the 
preceding release.  The preceding release remains the preferred 
translation target for some time, so it continues to improve after the 
new release is opened.

In the future we would like to copy these improvements automatically: if 
a translation is updated in the older release but not in the newer 
release, the update will also happen in the newer release.  The 
advantages should be obvious.

There is one small risk: in principle it's possible that you want to 
translate the exact same string, in the same package, differently in two 
subsequent Ubuntu releases.  If that happens, and later someone comes 
and updates the translation in the older release, you will automatically 
get the new translation in the new release as well.

Would that be a problem to you?  Is the risk real, or imagined?  How 
does it compare to the benefits?


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