Each PO file entry may have a set of attributes, which are
qualities given a name and explicitly associated with the translation,
using a special system comment. One of these attributes
has the name
fuzzy, and entries having this attribute are said
to have a fuzzy translation. They are called fuzzy entries, for short.
Fuzzy entries, even if they account for translated entries for
most other purposes, usually call for revision by the translator.
Those may be produced by applying the program
update an older translated PO files according to a new PO template
file, when this tool hypothesises that some new
been modified only slightly out of an older one, and chooses to pair
what it thinks to be the old translation for the new modified entry.
The slight alteration in the original string (the
should often be reflected in the translated string, and this requires
the intervention of the translator. For this reason,
might mark some entries as being fuzzy.
Also, the translator may decide herself to mark an entry as fuzzy for her own convenience, when she wants to remember that the entry has to be later revisited. So, some commands are more specifically related to fuzzy entry processing.
The commands f (
po-next-fuzzy-entry) and F
po-previous-fuzzy-entry) move forwards or backwards, chasing for
a fuzzy entry. If none is found, the search is extended and wraps
around in the PO file buffer.
The command <TAB> (
po-unfuzzy) removes the fuzzy
attribute associated with an entry, usually leaving it translated.
Further, if the variable
po-auto-select-on-unfuzzy has not
nil value, the <TAB> command will automatically chase
for another interesting entry to work on. The initial value of
The initial value of
if the variable
po-auto-fuzzy-on-edit is set to
t, any entry
edited through the <RET> command is marked fuzzy, as a way to
ensure some kind of double check, later. In this case, the usual paradigm
is that an entry becomes fuzzy (if not already) whenever the translator
modifies it. If she is satisfied with the translation, she then uses
<TAB> to pick another entry to work on, clearing the fuzzy attribute
on the same blow. If she is not satisfied yet, she merely uses <SPC>
to chase another entry, leaving the entry fuzzy.
The translator may also use the <DEL> command
po-fade-out-entry) over any translated entry to mark it as being
fuzzy, when she wants to easily leave a trace she wants to later return
working at this entry.
Also, when time comes to quit working on a PO file buffer with the q command, the translator is asked for confirmation, if fuzzy string still exists.