[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #55941: Empty string wrongly translated to '0'

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#55941: Empty string wrongly translated to '0'
 Reporter:  Chouby        |      Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect (bug)  |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal        |  Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  I18N          |    Version:  2.8
 Severity:  normal        |   Keywords:
  Focuses:                |
 I encountered a case where an empty string is translated to `'0'`, when I
 expected it to be `''`. This edge case is due to the translation file
 having the string `'0'`, translated to `'0'`.

 According to the PHP documentation
 https://www.php.net/manual/en/language.types.array.php, in array keys,
 - null is the same as ''
 - false and '0' are the same as 0

 In `Translation_Entry::key()` we can find:

 if ( null === $this->singular || '' === $this->singular ) {
         return false;

 The singular string being the key of the entries array, that means that
 `null`, `''`, `false`, `0` and `'0'` all have the same translation.
 I don't expect non-string keys to be used, but `''` and `'0'` are two
 valid strings which should accept different translations.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/55941>
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