[Xfce-i18n] Get xfce-goodies po/pot files

Clytie Siddall clytie at riverland.net.au
Sat Feb 18 06:01:47 CET 2006

Hello everybody :)

Thankyou for your responses to these questions. Thanks to Thịnh for  
raising them. :)

>  SZERVÁC_Attila  <sas at 321.hu> wrote (in part):

>  some plugins have i18n support, but no have pot file is the po dir
> (correctly)

I'm a little confused.

Are you saying that it's correct for modules not to have a .pot file  
in their .po directory, when they want that file translated?

This is inconvenient at least. We have an increasing number of  
volunteer translators willing to translate PO files, but not willing  
to execute command-line tasks to do so. The more we simplify the  
translation process, the more volunteer effort we get.

It would really help for the internationalization process to include  
generating a .pot file, if that is not already the case. :)

I'm also puzzled about the modules which do not have po directories.  
Does this mean they don't want any translations?

> Stavros Giannouris <stavrosg2002 at freemail.gr> wrote (in conclusion):

> After creating the *.pot file, you should run
> $ msginit
> which will use the $LANG env.variable to determine your language and
> create the correct (but untranslated) .po file for you.
> You should use msginit in every case, since some things (notably  
> plural
> forms) will not be set up correctly when just renaming the .pot , and
> the resulting file will be broken.

Is this Xfce-specific?

Most translators (if not all) have their computers set up for their  
specific language, and have a complete set of the appropriate headers  
for that language, project and team. Often, these are integrated in  
the translation editor used.

At the Translation Project, Gnome, Debian, KDE and numerous  
individual-program projects, renaming the POT file and inserting the  
appropriate headers works perfectly.

msginit can produce the appropriate .po file for you, but it's a  
fairly simple task manually, even for command-line allergic  
translators. ;)

from Clytie (vi-VN, Vietnamese free-software translation team / nhóm  
Việt hóa phần mềm tự do)

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