[geeklog-devel] Translation stuff for GL2

Tony Bibbs tony at tonybibbs.com
Mon Jul 19 17:06:32 EDT 2004


Per your request I'm outlining what remains for for GL2's translation 
engine.  First a recap. 

First, I wrote the translation engine from scratch mainly because the 
one in PEAR didn't, at the time, make upgrading to new releases easy on 
translators.  Basically, with each new release, as with 1.3.x, the 
translators have to manually update the new file OR hack a way to merge 
them.  It is probably worth looking at what is in PEAR again to see if 
merging of translation files is supported.  If it is, I could be 
compelled to simply use it.

However, assuming it still doesn't work that way here is what I have done:
1) The combination of getstrings and StringExtractor.class.php currently 
work in PHP5 and parse anything of the form "->translate('[some 
string]')" OR "->translate('[some other string]', '[some section name]]);
2) The data is collected in an array and is outputted to an xml file 
with the following basic structure
<application name="" version="">
    <translator name="" email=""/>
    <translation language="">
        <section name="">
A couple of notes about the format.  the section and entry tags can 
repeat.  Also, the string_id is the native language string and the 
string tag is the translated version

Here is what is left:
1) The big issue to iron out is how to incorporate plugins.  My original 
thought was that plugins would each have their own XML file and would 
not share the main Geeklog
     file but given our plugin-centric approach this may not make sense 
anymore.  We may want to consider inserting <plugin> tags around the 
section tags.   Just a though, regardless
     this probably needs some talking outload.  Dirk, any suggestions 
here since you are a big user of the translation stuff?
2) mergeversions needs to be ported to PHP5 and should honor the new 
section tags. Furthermore, it should be written to use the new PHP5 XML 
3) We should add optional support of storing the strings in a database.  
To that end, we should add the ability to import the xml files into a 
database table.  Not sure of the best way to do this as there are a few 
4) similarly Translator.class.php should be ported to PHP5 and use the 
new PHP5 XML parsing features
5) Build an xml schema we can use in mergeversions and in getstrings to 
validate the XML of the translation file.  PHP5 has a built in XML 
validator to help do most of this work.
6) As mentioned, look at StringExtractor.class.php for performance 
7) We should look into PEAR::Cache and how it might make the translation 
process faster.  You might want to ask JellyBob (Jon Wood) how 
PEAR::Cache works exactly...while he hasn't committed any time to GL2 
persay, I'm sure he'd be willing to explain it abit.

Anything else?


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