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Posted at: 2021-05-03, 17:04

Hello,

Problem:
How to correctly translate sentences of which we only know a part at a time?
Example:
Did not start %1$s because %2$s
Completed %1$s because %2$s
Skipped %1$s because %2$s

The first instinct is the almost literal translation. This is what is in place now.
N'a pas commencé à %1$s parce que %2$s
A produit %1$s parce que %2$s
N'a pas produit %1$s parce que %2$s

But French is full of subtleties of spelling and pronunciation that poison our lives.
When to use « le », « la », « l' », « les », .... The answer is: It depends on what follows.
But we don't know what will follow. It could be « fabrication de hache », « plantation d'arbres », « lâcher d'animaux », « cuisson de pain », « élevage d’ânes », « enrôlement de soldats » …

In addition, in French, one « commence à » and one « fini de », generally followed by « faire le çon sans cédille ».

The solution that I propose is, first of all, to translate the starting strings by a form which allows to follow by the same article family.
Example:
« Did not start » becomes « N’a pas commencé »
« Completed » becomes « A fini »
« Skipped » becomes « A évité »

Secondly, to choose the article on the character string that will replace « %1$s »,
Example:
la fabrication de hache
la plantation d’arbres
les semailles de blé
le façonnage de lingots
l’élevage d’ânes
la production d’outils
la cuisson de pains
le labourage et le pâturage

Im waiting for your advice before putting this solution into practice.
If you find cases where this solution is not applicable, please let me know.

PS: We will study the case of the second unknown chain, after the “because”, when we have found a solution acceptable to all for the first.

You will find the french version of this here


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Posted at: 2021-05-03, 18:30

Just a side note:

Recently the user impactus suggested to change those strings at all into something which describes what currently happens in a production site. E.g. a player might not be interested that producing a Fishing Rod was skipped, he is may more interested to see something like "Producing Felling Ax". Or if an input ware is missing and the economy needs a Fishing Rod: "Can't produce Fishing Rod! Reason: 1 Iron is missing" (or something like that).


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Posted at: 2021-05-03, 19:28

I agree, kaputtnik, but I can only do what is in my "job". face-smile.png

Less than an hour ago I had the same thought when I saw that the 'Wood Hardener' told me 'Produced Blackwood'.

The only problem, if the English text changes is that you have to review ALL the translations, not just the French. face-smile.png face-smile.png

I can say that I'll do it for French, but the others .......


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Posted at: 2021-05-03, 20:45

Well changing these strings is not trivial. as they are currently computed after a working cycle is finished. It would be hard to change this imho.

Anyhow changing strings happens quite often during ongoing development, so this would not be too unfamiliar.

@Atanase for the production hints tooltips the second part ("because") is even more complicated as it is in itself another congestion of different words computed at runtime from the production programs.
e.g. the string might be "... the economy needs x and the economy does not need y." or "... site has x and the economy needs." and much more combinations based on the relevant sometimes complex production programs.
that might lead to weird sentence constructions (we already expereinced this in German)

the substrings to construct the because part are 322 to 330 and 334 in Widelands Main textdomain.

Edited: 2021-05-03, 20:51

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Posted at: 2021-05-03, 20:55

He, he... face-wink.png

I suspected it, that's why I started with the first part that I thought I could do without too much problem.
But if I find the strings that come in the second part, I will end up finding something that will improve the existing one.

Sometimes I have to read aloud to understand the meaning of sentences in French. face-smile.png face-smile.png

Anyway, it is not for today. face-smile.png


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Posted at: 2021-05-03, 21:12

I believe your suggestion might work well for the first placeholder.

Just for information: if necessary you might reorder the placeholders in the text for better grammar.

e.g. the solution for german language is "%1 wurde übersprungen weil %2" with the verb transformed to a substantive


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Posted at: 2021-05-04, 01:10

Yes, It could work, but I thought of the future translators and maintainers who will perhaps not be as used to handling strings as you and me, it's already complicated enough like that without asking them, in addition, to manipulate the texts.
I prefer a gross syntax error to a misinterpretation which could mislead the player.

I also thought about the second part, it may not be so complicated since the gender and number agreement will fall on the replacement text %2$s and therefore we will find ourselves in the same situation as now. , the 'because' allowing us to free ourselves from everything that has been said before from the point of view of agreements.

Anyway, if the solution I suggest does not work, I will try yours. face-smile.png


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