https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=25442

Johannes Beigel <johannes.bei...@pediapress.com> changed:

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--- Comment #1 from Johannes Beigel <johannes.bei...@pediapress.com> 2010-11-04 
09:41:48 UTC ---
The problem is exactly that this message is used in JavaScript code: It is
shown in a JavaScript confirm() dialog when a collection has been found in the
local storage[1] when the user wants to activate the book creator. At the time
this message is sent to the client, the number of wiki pages in the collection
isn't known yet and I'm not sure how to handle {{int:}} when a message is not
rendered by MediaWiki. But I'm aware that these i18n problems are existent and
should be taken care of – it's just not trivial to do so :-/

Regarding your points about JavaScript code:

You can believe me that this code wouldn't be there if it was possible to do
this in an easier way (and if it is, please tell me how to do it, I'll change
it immediately!). The main problem is that the lifetime of cookies on WMF wikis
is quite a restriction for the Collection extension:  they expire on browser
close. And as we don't want to (and probably won't be allowed to) use database
tables to store the collections for users (which would be possible only for
logged-in users anyway), cookies or some client-side technique like local
storage are the only option. This is a topic that has gotten lots of thoughts
and discussions and I think the users are quite happy the way it's working
right now.

[1] We're using http://www.jstorage.info/ to support more techniques than only
actual "local storage", which isn't available for all browsers.

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