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Multi lingual support and internationalisation

  1. varkenshand
    Member

    I use all kinds of things to get my blog to function in Dutch. mo- and po- files, but also a lot of hard coded php files to get the right messages and hints. This is a difficult and time consuming process, especially as I maintain four websites. And guess what: every few months the whole process starts all over again because of some new service release. The idea is:
    Wouldn't it be great if language selection became some sort of program independent layer.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  2. Tobias Jordans
    Member

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    I a agree up to some level: In my opinion its just the gettext-system (mo+po) that has to be used everywhere.
    There are still some places where it is not used...
    This is already the language-layer you are talking about, isnt it?

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  3. varkenshand
    Member

    This is already the language-layer you are talking about, isnt it?

    More or less, gettext depends on small pieces of text. This makes it vulnerable to any change that might occur in the program. I was thinking more of an abstract interface. I agree this is pretty hard to realise.

    You are right that wider use of Gettext would solve most of the problem. I noticed the files getting rather large (1.300 entries in po-edit program) while most of the stuff refers to the Administrator interface. I prefer the latter to be in English, actually.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  4. PiotrMikolajski
    Member

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    If I can suggest ability to publish two languages on one blog in the same time and with their own l10n settings (i.e. US month/day/year vs European day/month/year settings for date).

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  5. LostInNetwork
    Member

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    We need to maintain a multilanguage blog. We want to inform our readers in their native language (as that is what we and they understand best) but we also need to inform our international partners in english. We are evaluating the Gengo plugin... We want those tiny flags to click on...

    ---
    One thing we hate, is that the calendar in WordPress insists on using Jan,Feb,Mar(that's short for November in our lang),Apr...

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  6. varkenshand
    Member

    Upgraded to 2.1 last night. Awesome job well done, I like the new platform. But, linguistically speaking: about 20 to 30 percent of the Administrator interface now produces English words and sentences. Even the word 'day' is no longer recognized.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  7. leemon
    Member

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    WordPress should add something like the Polyglot plugin ( http://fredfred.net/skriker/index.php/polyglot ), or at least improve its integration.

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  8. martinhover
    Member

    I can also highly recommend the Polyglot plugin by Martin Chlupac to be considered as an integral part of the future WordPress multilingual support. I have used it on my homepage for about a year and I am very satisfied.

    It has many great features, is very simple, easy to use and works flawlessly on pages, posts, categories etc...

    BR/ Martin

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  9. Boris
    Member

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    i second the integration of something like polyglot!!

    Posted: 7 years ago #
  10. webtortuga
    Member

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    I agree with the fact that language files would be good. But I would like this idea to be extended to plugins, also.

    I mean, both pre-installed modules and user-installed plugins would use the same model of language files. This way, translation would be even easier, not to mention the possibility of doing a built-in translation manager.

    The translation manager would let the user: edit language files; create language files; save the language files (so it can be shared); select main language file; permit readers to chose which language they want the site to be displayed(*).

    (*) By that, I do not refer to content translation, but to system translation. I mean the user would continue to see the content in the main language if a translation isn't provided yet, but the system (buttons, links, titles, plugins, etc.) are on the reader's language.

    But I also stick with the polyglot idea. It would be nice to provide the post author to translate its text to another language easily.

    Posted: 7 years ago #

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