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[REBOL] Re: locale

From: petr:krenzelok:trz:cz at: 26-Aug-2002 7:55

Andrew Martin wrote:
>Just thinking out loud. > >What about an automatic language translation of Rebol code? With a language >field set in the header of the script? Like: > >Rebol [ > Name: 'Test > Language: 'English ; Could be Czech, Spanish, > ] > >For example, a Czech person (is there a better phrase?) gets a Rebol script >written in English, and wants the display in Czech. And so they use a >English to Czech translator script that uses, say, Babelfish or other online >resource to translate individual string! values (or individual words within >the string! value) into Czech. After some minutes searching, I can across >this URL: > >z&dia=on which translates English/Czech words, and can be easily plugged >into Rebol. > >I'm sure that a language translation function could be written that does the >majority of the work. > >Andrew Martin >ICQ: 26227169 >-><- >
Hello Andrew, I too thought about header item usage. My thoughts so far are as follows: 1) you need to know somehow, what languages are supported for certain app, right? (e.g. to fill drop-down menu with selection) so: get-languages 'app-name (including-path) ... would return something like: == ["czech" "english" "spanish" "italian" "french"] etc. 2) then there should be some place, to store user selection. Two levels - system and app. btw - would it be usefull to have system running in one language as a whole, while having app-xy running in different language? If not, we only need some place to store language selected. Imo the right place is to extend system/lolace using 'preferred-language item or so. RT could add it. If not added, we can place it into user.r temporarily (or other config file for Link). So, maybe 'language item in a header is not necessary at all? Isn't one system-wide setting enough? 3) what is also probably needed, is some way of how to invoke language catalogue? I am trying to think from the script writer perspective. What should programmer do? e.g.?: load-locale 'app-name == app-name-locale: context [ ....] load-locale: func ['app-name /language language][ either language [ either find get-languages app-name language [load join app-name [language ".cat"]][none] ][ either find get-languages app-name preferred-language [..... you get the idea .. :-) -pekr-