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Re: Feature proposal: string extracting by RegExp for xgettext

From: Asgeir Frimannsson
Subject: Re: Feature proposal: string extracting by RegExp for xgettext
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 17:53:47 +1000

On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 11:00 PM, Bruno Haible <address@hidden> wrote:

> 2) About XML based formats: xgettext supports the GNOME Glade format. Its
> designers soon noticed that a long hardcoded list of localizable tags was
> not a good idea. In Glade 2, therefore, there is an attribute
>  translatable="yes"
> which makes it easier to extract the localizable contents.
> If you have an XML format of your own and want to produce a PO file from
> it,
> the ideal scripting language for this task is probably XQuery. Less ideal,
> but also possible, is XSLT that produces XLIFF, followed by an XLIFF to PO
> converter [1].

Just on this note, and for once totally unrelated to XLIFF:

There is a recent W3C effort called 'International Tag Set' (ITS) [1], which
aim to create an XML language to specify what parts of an XML document are

For example, for Glade XML files, the following ITS descriptor [2] can be
applied to extract/merge translatable features:

<its:rules xmlns:its="http://www.w3.org/2005/11/its"; version="1.0">
 <!-- ITS rules for Glade 2.0, based on http://glade.gnome.org/glade-2.0.dtd -->
 <its:translateRule selector="/glade-interface" translate="no"/>
 <its:translateRule selector="//address@hidden'yes']" translate="yes"/>
 <its:translateRule selector="//atkaction/@description" translate="yes"/>
 <its:locNoteRule selector="//address@hidden'yes']"
  locNoteType="description" locNotePointer="@comments"/>

Support for something like this in gettext would be interesting, and would
allow easier PO-based translation of new XML formats...

Just a thought..


[1] http://www.w3.org/International/its/
[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/xml-i18n-bp/#glade

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