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Jarkko Hietaniemi
December 3, 2007 17:30
[PATCH] perltodo.pod: error message todo
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--- perl-5.9.x/pod/perltodo.pod.dist	2007-12-02 16:48:46.000000000 +0200
+++ perl-5.9.x/pod/perltodo.pod	2007-12-04 03:27:53.000000000 +0200
@@ -628,6 +628,31 @@
 when known. (I'm contemplating a plan to pre-compute hash values for common
 fixed strings such as C<ISA> and pass them in to functions.)
+=head2 Organize error messages
+Perl's diagnostics (error messages, see L<perldiag>) could use
+reorganizing so that each error message has its
+stable-for-all-eternity unique id, categorized by severity, type, and
+subsystem.  (The error messages would be listed in a datafile outside
+of the Perl source code, and the source code would only refer the
+messages by the is.)  This clean-up and regularizing should apply
+for all croak() messages.
+This would enable all sorts of things: easier translation/localization
+of the messages (though please do keep in mind the caveats of
+L<Locale::Maketext> about too straightforward approaches to
+translation), filtering by severity, and instead of grepping for a
+particular error message one could look for a stable error id.  (Of
+course, changing the error messages by default would break all the
+existing software depending on some particular error message...)
+This kind of functionality is known as I<message catalogs>.  Look for
+inspiration for example in the catgets() system, possibly even use it
+if available-- but B<only> if available, all platforms will B<not>
+For the really pure at heart, consider extending this item to cover
+also the warning messages (see L<perllexwarn>, C<>).
 =head1 Tasks that need a knowledge of the interpreter

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