[Zope-CMF] [dev] some questions regarding CMF 1.4

Florent Guillaume fg@nuxeo.com
27 Feb 2003 15:15:35 +0100


On Wed, 2003-02-26 at 20:13, Dieter Maurer wrote:
> Florent Guillaume wrote at 2003-2-25 20:17 +0000:
>  > As I mentionned somewhere, I'm against releasing the proposed i18n as it
>  > is. Useable i18n means using message-ids everywhere, not just relying on
>  > default-text-as-message-id which is brittle.
> 
> Why do you think so?
> 
>     "gettext" uses precisely that approach.
>     We had made good experience with it.

Suppose you have some ZPT with:
  <p i18n:translate="">
    Enter your password below
  </p>
the fr.po file has:
  msgid "Enter your password below"
  msgstr "Tapez votre mot de passe ci-dessous"
Note that the English version is served for those who don't use i18n.

Now if for some reason the ZPT string has to be changed to
  <p i18n:translate="">
    Enter your password in the box below
  </p>
Then those that use i18n but have not updated their translations will
see an English version. Also to update the translation you have to add a
*new* string to the fr.po file, and remove the old one:
  msgid "Enter your password in the box below"
  msgstr "Tapez votre mot de passe dans la bote ci-dessous"

That complicates the translator's job a lot.

OTOH if we had changed from:
  <p i18n:translate="enter password below">
    Enter your password below
  </p>
to
  <p i18n:translate="enter password below">
    Enter your password in the box below
  </p>
Then those that haven't changed their translations will just see the old
message in their language, and updating the translation in the .po file
is simply updating one string.

Florent

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