Gettext gets 0.18

I can hardly believe it’s been 2 and a half years since Gettext 0.17 was released. Maybe time seemed to pass faster because I practically stopped translating GNOME. Anyway, I’d like to share the news with you guys.

The new Language field in the message header is very welcome. Poedit has been doing this for ages, but now it’s official and other localization tools can start using it for spell checking and so on.

I’m not so sure about the utility of the range flag. It’s always good to help translators know what they are translating, but such addition would be much more important for strings (i.e. %s will be replaced by an error message). Anyway, it depends too much on programmers improving old code, so it should appear very slowly.

And of course, I really liked the command line utilities improvement. The colored output is much easier to read, and the msgmerge speedup is just what I needed circa 4 years ago when I had an old budget computer and had to merge partial translations to the GNOME User Guide. It took me something like eight minutes for every merge!

Meanwhile, I continue to wait for some features to be added to intltool:

Using Tiny Tiny RSS instead of Google Reader

Some time ago I tested and approved Bloglines as a feed reader, after I became worried about Google’s confidentiality policy. But the good thing on writing blogs is that you get feedback, and some readers pointed out a few shortcomings in Bloglines: (1) it’s not being developed for years; and (2) as a hosted service, it may have the same confidentiality issues as the Google services. But, best of all, I was offered an alternative: Tiny Tiny RSS, or tt-rss for the intimates.

Tiny Tiny RSS screenshot

Source: Tiny Tiny RSS (press release)

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Usando o Tiny Tiny RSS no lugar do Google Reader

Algum tempo atrás eu testei e aprovei o Bloglines como agregador online de feeds, após ter ficado preocupado com a política de privacidade do Google. Mas existe uma coisa muito positiva em escrever blogs, que é receber o comentário dos leitores. E os leitores do artigo em inglês me alertaram para o fato de que o Bloglines (1) não está mais sendo desenvolvido há anos; e (2) é outro serviço fornecido por terceiros, e portanto potencialmente passível dos mesmos problemas de privacidade do Google. E mais ainda, os leitores me recomendaram uma opção: o Tiny Tiny RSS, ou tt-rss para os íntimos.

Captura de tela do Tiny Tiny RSS

Fonte: Tiny Tiny RSS (divulgação)

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