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Re: using gettext for libraries

From: Andrew Clausen
Subject: Re: using gettext for libraries
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2001 17:53:58 -0200

Petr Vandrovec wrote:
> > > > So, why is there always exactly one domain active?
> > >
> > > Because of it is convient for programs. Libraries must always use
> > > dgettext(), as does libc or other correctly internationalized libraries.
> >
> > Why not have allow an arbitary number of domains?  Worried about
> > collisions?
> You can hardly have two defaults.

Why?  You just search for a matching string in both "defaults".
(It's using a hash table, right?  If so, then share the hash table
for all (loaded) domains, perhaps?)

> Nothing prevents program from not using gettext, and use dgettext instead.

Just thinking about performance, code bloat, etc.  The difference is
probably a drop-in-the-ocean, so it's mainly an "elegance" thing, I
Well, maybe.

Andrew Clausen

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