[I18n-sig] Re: pygettext dilemma

Martin v. Loewis martin@loewis.home.cs.tu-berlin.de
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 07:54:16 +0200

> Now we all know that this won't do as a source string because there
> may be some languages may change the order of the variables, so we
> really need to write the string like so:
>     _('No such list %(listname)s found on host %(hostname)s') % {
>         'listname': listname,
> 	'hostname': hostname
> 	}
> I've found this style to be quite pervasive, but also extremely (and
> unnecessarily) repetitive.  Notice that I've typed "listname" and
> "hostname" a total of six times.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if I only
> needed to type them once:

What's wrong with

 _('No such list %(listname)s found on host %(hostname)s') % locals()

No magic required; of course, this assumes that the variables are
either all globals or all locals - I wish vars() would give me a
dictionary of all variables (perhaps even including the builtins).