[IPython-dev] internationalisation and translation of ipython

Thomas Kluyver takowl at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 06:38:14 EDT 2012

Hi Nicolas,

On 14 August 2012 10:01, Nicolas Pettiaux <nicolas at pettiaux.be> wrote:

> * insert something like "import i18n.py" or "from gettext import
> gettext as _" at the beginning of the file,
> * wrap the visible strings (window titles, dialog titles,
> notifications, labels, button labels and so on) with the '_()'
> function.

I've seen how gettext works from within the code, and I agree that it does
seem simple. Can I ask about logistics:

* Do the message catalogues need a build step, and what does that require?
* Where does gettext look for the message catalogues?
* Do you envisage us shipping the message catalogues as part of a standard
IPython download? Or would they be separate 'language pack' downloads?
* How would it be delivered through our different channels:
  - Linux distro repositories
  - Python distros (EPD, Python(x,y))
  - Windows separate install
  - The various Mac repository systems
  - People installing from PyPI

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