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       po4a-translate - convert a PO file back to documentation format


       po4a-translate -f fmt -m master.doc -p XX.po -l XX.doc

       (XX.doc is the output, all others are inputs)


       The po4a (PO for anything) project goal is to ease translations (and more interestingly,
       the maintenance of translations) using gettext tools on areas where they were not expected
       like documentation.

       The po4a-translate script is in charge of converting the translation (which was done in a
       PO file) under the documentation format back. The provided PO file should be the
       translation of the POT file which were produced by po4a-gettextize(1).


       -f, --format
           Format of the documentation you want to handle. Use the --help-format option to see
           the list of available formats.

       -a, --addendum
           Add a file to the resulting file (to put translator's name or a section "About this
           translation", for example). The first line of the file to insert should be a PO4A
           header indicating where it should be added (see section HOWTO add extra text to
           translations in po4a(7)).

       -A, --addendum-charset
           Charset of the addenda. Note that all the addenda should be in the same charset.

       -m, --master
           File containing the master document to translate.

       -M, --master-charset
           Charset of the file containing the document to translate.

       -l, --localized
           File where the localized (translated) document should be written.

       -L, --localized-charset
           Charset of the file containing the localized document.

       -p, --po
           File from which the message catalog should be read.

       -o, --option
           Extra option(s) to pass to the format plugin. Specify each option in the 'name=value'
           format. See the documentation of each plugin for more information about the valid
           options and their meanings.

       -k, --keep
           Minimal threshold for translation percentage to keep (ie, write) the resulting file
           (default: 80). Ie, by default, files have to be translated at at least 80% to get

       -w, --width
           Column at which we should wrap the resulting file.

       -h, --help
           Show a short help message.

           List the documentation format understood by po4a.

       -V, --version
           Display the version of the script and exit.

       -v, --verbose
           Increase the verbosity of the program.

       -d, --debug
           Output some debugging information.

Adding content (beside translations) to generated files

       To add some extra content to the generated document beside what you translated (like the
       name of the translator, or a "About this translation" section), you should use the
       --addendum option.

       The first line of the addendum must be a header indicating where to put it in the document
       (it can be before or after a given part of the document).  The rest of the file will be
       added verbatim to the resulting file without further processing.

       Note that if po4a-translate fails to add one of the given files, it discards the whole
       translation (because the missing file could be the one indicating the author, what would
       prevent the users to contact him to report bugs in the translation).

       The header has a pretty rigid syntax. For more information on how to use this feature and
       how it works, please refer to the po4a(7) man page.


       po4a(7), po4a-gettextize(1), po4a-updatepo(1), po4a-normalize(1).


        Denis Barbier <>
        Nicolas Francois <>
        Martin Quinson (


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