[PD] towards better diff [was: Portuguese translation of the PD manual]
matju at artengine.ca
Sat Aug 14 01:58:36 CEST 2010
On Sat, 14 Aug 2010, Pedro Lopes wrote:
> How could pd's file structure could be easily changed to being more
> "diffable"? Have you organized any thoughts on that?
First I thought about major changes to pd, replacing the object linked
list of each canvas, by a std::map structure or anything else allowing to
skip numbers. That way, for example, deleting an object doesn't have to
renumber all following objects (in the sequence) such that all the
'connect' lines involving the following objects have to change every time.
The way I made it, you could also edit an object box's text (or a
comment's text) while keeping it at the same place in the list. It's not a
big change to the file format, but rather, a big change in pd's source
But then, there are solutions that are more approachable from the
perspective of writing only new externals or abstractions.
If comments are replaced by externals that store a hidden serial number or
random number, then you can keep track of their changes without need for
them to stay in the same order. I can write a small programme for doing
that from the commandline, the problem being more how to write the
Then there's the question of where to store the translation. When there
are only two languages (or a few) it's tempting to put them all in the
same file (the external would save and load each comment's English,
French, Portuguese and German text all at once consecutively).
But for more languages and more people organised more loosely (and with a
file format that doesn't work well with SVN) then it might be better to
store translations in a separate file (how?).
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