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Re: i18n/gettext?

From: Dave Love
Subject: Re: i18n/gettext?
Date: 11 Dec 2001 17:43:51 +0000
User-agent: Gnus/5.09 (Gnus v5.9.0) Emacs/21.1.30

I think there are more problems than most people are aware of, apart
from Eli's list and the general magnitude of the task.  (In the end,
it's not possible to internationalize Emacs fully, because command and
variable names are documentation.)

The first thing you need is support for all the relevant charsets,
which I've already worked on (partly for the benefit of i18n people).

Then I'd expect the first place you want localized text would be in
the menus, and you can't currently do that (see TODO).  I made changes
to lwlib long ago which would provide limited support for that, but
they had broken last I tried them.  They depend on support in X which
may not be good enough.  (Even though there is Unicode support in
XFree 4 (only?), which would be enough for many cases, it appears to
be undocumented.)

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