[Python-Dev] *Simpler* string substitutions

Matthias Urlichs smurf@noris.de
Fri, 21 Jun 2002 22:46:52 +0200

>  On Thu, Jun 20, 2002, Gustavo Niemeyer wrote:
>  >
>  > "Serving HTTP on", sa[0], "port", sa[1], "..."
_("Serving HTTP on ${addr} port ${port}").sub(addr=sa[0], port=sa[1])
_("Serving HTTP on ${sa[0]} port ${sa[1]}").sub()

or some equivalent syntax.

Note that the second way, above, has a distinct disadvantage for the 
translating person. He or she would probably know what "addr" stands 
for, but what is a "sa[0]" ???

>  This is where current string handling comes up short.  What's the
>  correct way to internationalize this string?

Currently, you do the same thing but use % and a dictionary. As I 
said, equivalent syntax.

>   What if the person
>  handling I18N isn't a Python programmer?
The person gets frustrated and bitches at the programmer until the 
programmer fixes the code...
Matthias Urlichs