Developer article for KDE 4's new i18n framework

Chusslove Illich caslav.ilic at
Sun Nov 26 12:12:05 GMT 2006

> [: Matt Rogers :]
> Would anybody who is knowledgable in the new i18n framework for KDE 4 be
> willing to help me out with writing an article/howto for
> about how all the new stuff works and what things to
> do and not to do?

I should be able to help out -- or else I better get beaten.

There is just one little thing that's bothering me at the moment: I 
seriously want to do away with %n in plural messages, but still haven't 
got the time to mount a proposal and discussion about it. However, it 
shouldn't change much in the article if it happens, in fact it should 
simplify it at that point.

Another thing is a possibility of implementing contextual 
representation/markup of some usuall argument types (the last i18n 
discussion on the list was about it). But that would be a totally new 
feature, so again it wouldn't change the article, but rather add to it 
(just avoid rich-text markup in the examples).

> Pointers to previous threads on the subject from the mailing list
> archive would also be useful to go with my own about-to-start research
> on the subject.

(Just stating what I know about, for the sake of completness.)

There is a section in "KDE Programmer's i18n howto" dealing with code 
preparation, of course still using kde3 framework, but otherwise providing 
conceptual points that still hold.

There is a section on new framework in kdelibs/KDE4PORTING.html.

There is the API doc for KLocalizedString.

As for the list discussions, they were more in a brainstorming manner, but 
if you want to read them, anything with i18n in the subject in the past 
year will do :)

Chusslove Illich (Часлав Илић)
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