April 21, 2009

Localizing the values in search-attributes.properties for Thunderbird and SeaMonkey

A few weeks ago in mid-March we came across a fix (for bug 483629) that changed an existing string without changing the entity name. Instead of fixing that, we opted for going into the direction of fixing all the strings in
properly and get rid of all the magic numbers that posed as entity names (and remove some obsolete strings in the process as well). Fortunately that work has now been completed by Kent James and the fix for bug 484147 was landed a few days ago.

What this means for new localizers is, that the entity names are now much more self-explaining than they were before. However for existing localizers this means, that a lot of new strings have shown up, which you will now have to tackle again. We believe that this is the right solution for the reasons outlined above.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the corresponding thread in the mozilla l10n newsgroup.

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