[Python-Dev] string formatting and i18n

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Mon Sep 5 18:47:04 CEST 2005

On Mon, 2005-09-05 at 12:07, Antoine Pitrou wrote:

> Uh, what about internationalization (i18n) ?
> In i18n you can't avoid the need for parameterized strings.
> For example I want to write :
> 	_("The file '%s' is read only") % filename
> not :
> 	_("The file") + " '" + filename + "' " + _("is read only")
> because the splitting in the second form will not translate correctly
> into other languages. You *have* to supply the whole non-splitted
> sentence to the translators.

Actually, this was part of the motivation behind PEP 292 and Template
strings, because what you really want is named parameters, not
positional parameters:

'The file $filename in directory $dir is read only'

There are a few techniques for getting full i18n for Template strings.


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