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Re: [help-GIFT] i18n-proposal

From: Wolfgang Müller
Subject: Re: [help-GIFT] i18n-proposal
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 09:45:53 +0200

On Tuesday 09 July 2002 09:01, Pruet Boonma wrote:
> Hi,

Cool to meet you again, Pruet,

> In my opinion, it should be better if we can add new language support
> without the need to alter the MRML DTD. For example, I prefer the
> similar way as <collections> and <algorithms>,
> <i18n-collection-names-list>
>     <i18n-collection-names
>          lang="en" text="sauerkraut eating contest" />
>     <i18n-collection-names
>          lang="de" text="Sauerkraute฿wettbewerb" />
>     <i18n-collection-names
>          lang="fr" text="concours des mangeurs de
> choucroute" />

> So, in my point of view, there are two approaches now, clients tell
> servers which language they prefer. On the other hand, servers send the
> message in every supported language. Then, clients select the
> appropriate language.
> I think that the first choice is better.

I agree.

OK To put you all into context, when speaking about "real 
internationalization" I was thinking of GNU gettext. I just scanned the 
documentation, and if I am not mistaken, having several sessions running on 
the GIFT each in a different language would be extremely slow. So we would 
have to roll our own i18n, but I still would like it to be inspired by 
gettext: In gettext, the program each occurrence of "this is a string" is 
replaced by gettext("this is a string"). What gettext() does is look up what 
is the current language, and look up the translation. If there is no 
translation of the string, the original string is taken.

What I suggest would generating from GNU gettext translation a file 
gift-i18n.xml that contains all translations the server is supposed to offer. 
These translations we read on startup.

At the same time, we give a list of the mrml attributes/tags we want to be 
translated, also to be found in gift-i18n.xml. The rest is understood, I 

For the gift-i18n.xml I suggest
<?xml ...?>
<attribute name="collection-name"/>
<translation-list language-code="de"
<translate key="sauerkraut eating contest" to="Sauerkrauteßwettbewerb" />

The client won't feel anything, all happens in the server.

Sound reasonable? (I will be offline now for a couple of hours)

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