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Re: Emacs i18n

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Emacs i18n
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2019 18:35:43 -0700
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On 3/26/19 4:16 PM, Juri Linkov wrote:

> I'll start writing documentation. Is it allowed to make references
> from the Elisp manual to the Gettext Info manual? I see in (info
> "(gettext) elisp-format") a reference back to the Elisp manual is a
> web link, not an Info reference.
Thanks for taking this on. Yes, you can do cross-references; e.g.,
files.texi has this:

@xref{File permissions,,, coreutils, The @sc{gnu} @code{Coreutils}

> It seems most of these needs could be covered by adding two optional
> arguments DOMAIN and CATEGORY to ngettext (where the default domain
> "emacs" will be hard-coded).
This appears to be what CLISP does; see:



> As a convenience not to require a package to add its domain to every
> ngettext call, maybe when something like 'defdomain' is declared at
> the beginning of the package, its value should affect the domain
> within the package scope.
Would this be done statically or dynamically? Preferably the former but
I don't exactly see how it would work, and even dynamically the details
are not obvious to me.

For example, would you have to do something like the following?

(define mymodule--ngettext (n sing-msgid pl-msgid) (ngettext n
sing-msgid pl-msgid "mymodule"))

(defun report-items (n) (message (mymodule--ngettext n "%d item" "%d
items") n))
(defun report-keystrokes (n) (message (mymodule--ngetext n "%d keystroke
received." "%d keystrokes received.") n))

Something like this would work, but it looks pretty annoying....

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