Localization tools for .pot .po .mo files? (4 posts)

  1. LAffaire
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi, I read how to localize themes here in the WP codex:
    http://codex.wordpress.org/I18n_for_WordPress_Developers and also here:
    http://urbangiraffe.com/articles/localizing-wordpress-themes-and-plugins and here:

    I understand how to mark my theme and what the role of the pot, po and mo files is - in theory. In reality, one article says to run "a localization tool" to generate them. The other one says "You just need to generate a POT file." Great. :-/ Care to tell us what "a tool" is and how to "just generate" the pot file?

    The WordPress Codex page refers to a GNU gettext tool. Had a look at their site http://www.gnu.org/software/gettext/ and it's clear they went to great lengths to make it as confusing as possible for normal people to get this to work.

    I'm not a GNU/Linux/SVN/computer science expert. I'm just a blogger with basic programming skills, want to localize my blog and move on with my live. Can someone please explain in "idiot English" what tools I need and how to run them? Thanks, I'd really appreciate it!

  2. LAffaire
    Posted 5 years ago #


  3. Rafael Sirotheau
    Posted 5 years ago #

    If I understand right... you need 'Poedit'... just google for it...
    Hope this help!

  4. Here are the basic steps for using Poedit for WordPress translation.
    Since you want to translate themes. ignore "official WordPress POT file" link and just use your theme's POT file.

    You can scroll down a little to read about "Translating With Gettext Tools" as well (you will need to install gettext on your machine; try googling "gettext install mac", "gettext install XP" etc according to your platform)

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