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Re: Writing multilingual perl applications?

by dakkar (Hermit)
on Mar 19, 2003 at 21:04 UTC ( #244456=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Writing multilingual perl applications?

Watch out for:

  • Encoding/charset problems. In practice, don't use a Perl before 5.8, and keep all your strings in a utf-8-encoded file. Be prepared to transcode them (see Encode) for the display, though.
  • Plural forms. Just because some languages have two forms, don't assume every other has too. There are languages with a different form for "2 thing" and "more than 2 things", or different forms depending on $x%10. And 0 is singular in some languages and plural in others...

I'd advise you to look into the modifications made to gettext and family by the KDE team. A couple of friends of mine are on the italian translation team, and from what I've seen their gettext works with most languages.

And for interfacing it with Perl, Inline::C!

        dakkar - Mobilis in mobile
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