[geeklog-devel] Translation possibility

Jason Whittenburg me at jasonwhittenburg.com
Mon Feb 3 09:47:48 EST 2003

One more thing to add is I saw this today in the PEAR weekly news:


I looks like he is adding gettext support in the new version.  Might be
worth checking out.


Jason Whittenburg
Internet Security Systems, Inc.

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[mailto:geeklog-devel-admin at lists.geeklog.net] On Behalf Of Tony Bibbs
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 10:04 AM
To: Geeklog Developers
Subject: Re: [geeklog-devel] Translation possibility

Ok, it seems there could be issues with gettext not working on macosx.
will probably stick wtih the concept below.  Please give me some sort of

head nod if you think the approach below makes sense.


 On Fri, 24 Jan 2003, 
Tony Bibbs wrote:

> Ok, bare with me but I think I have a potential way of handling this
> translation issue.
> 1) We create an xml file for all languages other than english that 
> looks
> like this:
> <GL2_Translation>
>     <language>de</language>
>     <GL_version></GL_version>
>     <translations>
>         <entry msgid="some english text">translated text</entry>
>         <entry msgid="some other text">other translated text</entry>
>         .
>         .
>         .
>     </translations>
> </GL2_Translation>
> 2) During automated install, the translation type is queried from the 
> user.  
> 2a) if gettext, XML files for all translations are loaded a .po is 
> constructed for each and then we launch msgfmt against all .po's to
> the .mo file
> 2b) otherwise we either leave the XML alone and parse that for each 
> request OR we load it into some structure (similar to current array 
> system)
> After all this I start wondering if gettext is so important it 
> justifies
> the work.  I mean, why not just to with the method in 2b?  My answer, 
> though I can't verify would be speed. I have to believe gettext is 
> faster/more efficient.

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