[Python-Dev] string formatting and i18n
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
'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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