Internationalization (i18n) is the process of designing a software application so that it can be adapted to various languages and regions without engineering changes.

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Qt: internationalization of images [migrated]

I am aware of utilities like GNU gettext for making the software multilingual. You give it a string id and it will return the translated string. But I also need this for images in Qt. For example, if ...
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What is the simplest translation file format for a user to edit and for a program to parse? [closed]

I have just started developing a small web app for Arabic speakers, and I will need to ask a co-worker (not a programmer) to help me translate all of the labels and documentation into Arabic at some ...
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translating a list of words (word1, word2 and word3) [closed]

We are trying to globalize an application and we have run into a situation where I'm not sure how (of if) we would go about formatting the string for globalization. It's a paragraph explaining ...
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Best approach for multilingual Java Enum

I'm running into issues with an approach I am taking and am now wondering if I just started down the wrong path and should rethink my approach. Here is what I attempting. I would like to use an Enum ...
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What is the extent of programming language localization dialects?

Apple's scripting language AppleScript was designed with localization in mind; allowing the language to be represented in multiple dialects resembling languages from around the world. In this way, ...
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What is the best practice for designing a system supporting many languages, 1 central dictionary for all languages or seperated dictionary?

I want to build a system which uses dictionary of many different language. There are 2 options: Build 1 central dictionary Table & each language is identified by langType (ex 1 for German & 0 ...
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Is ok to leave untranslated advanced log?

I just had a little fight with my boss over this topic (well, the boss always wins so I will do what he wants to be done) but I'd like to have the opinion of others about this: We are making a ...
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Website Internationalisation approaches

I'm currently working on a project that the client wants to deliver to different countries. The application is a website. We started out using resource files to change the text the user sees when ...
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How do programmers with non-latin keyboards work? [closed]

I was reading a question on stackoverflow where the code was interspaced with Russian comments and I came to wonder; how do programmers who use non-latin keyboards work? Do they keeping switching ...
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MVC 5 - Best practice for handling dates inside and outside the USA

I have an MVC 5 application that will be used world wide. A number of the pages in the app will require users to enter dates. I'll be using the jQuery datetimepicker plug-in to allow the user to ...
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What to translate in a billingual software

I'm designing/building a web application that will be available in two languages: French/English. I placed i18n mechanisms to extract every text from the application. But what about the user's input? ...
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Android DB With Some Multi-Language Data

I have a SQLite Database in my Android app with a "Question" table, among others. That table contains "default" or "pre-loaded" data (in this case the questions asked by the app). Some of its columns ...
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Tracking translations in localized software

I created and maintain an open source Android app. Recently someone offered to translate my app into several other languages. At the same time, development continues on the app which can sometimes add ...
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Order of parameters in localization code

In localization code (like T('English phrase with %s and %s parameters', param1, param2) the order of parameters in different languages is different. How to handle this? Our localization engine seems ...
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Colons in internationalized UI

When using gettext or a similar framework, should the translation strings include ':' (like "Label:") for generating labels for UI or should I add ':' in UI code itself?
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When internationalizing texts, should underscores (for keyboard shortcuts) be part of the texts to be translated?

I have a project where I need to translate a lot of words and text fragments in different languages. In these texts, underscores are currently added in these text (fragment(s)) to be used as keyboard ...
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Why are string resources generally kept external to the code and not inside the code?

Generally, on many platforms, I'm writing my string resources to a .resx or .xml file, and then I'm getting them using some platform-dependent approach. That is, on iOS, I'm getting them via ...
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How should one prepare to allow others to add languages? [duplicate]

Seeing as many, many open source products are offering translations in multiple languages, I decided I may want to design my application around this requirement. I currently have a niche application ...
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Do I have to internationalise the display of hexadecimal values?

For decimal numbers, obviously I want to localise everything. Whatever programming language I'm working in, there will tend to be tools for this, so it's also easy to do. In my application, I happen ...
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Building a site with internalization support

When a user browses some page and then switches a language, then the following actions should occur: If there's a translation for a page he's browsing now, then do redirect to that page. If there's ...
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Should I convert the whole project to UTF-8?

I am working on a highly customized shop software, based on a open-source one, written in PHP and usual web techniques (CSS, HTML, JS). I did a lot of customization in the past months/years and ...
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Are the IETF BCP 47 language tags defined as enums anywhere in JDK?

Are the IETF BCP 47 language tags defined as enums anywhere in JDK? For Locale.forLanguageTag() we pass values like fr-FR, jp-JP etc. Are there any enums already provided by JDK for it? Or should ...
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Interacting with multiple localized webservices

I'm having trouble managing multiple web services that each have a slightly different list of supported languages For example, say we support English, Chinese, and French in our web service using the ...
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Storing a mailing address in a database: What structure should I use for International apps?

I will have international users use my database, but I don't know how the mailing system operates outside of the US. Are the concepts "City", "State, Country and possibly "Zip" sufficient to capture ...
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Shoud I directly return a string message or rather a i18n key when dealing with JSON api?

Suppose a rest api returning this json: { "status" : "fail", "data" : { "title" : "A title is required" } } Since the client application would always adapt the error message, would it be ...
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What are common patterns for handling possible pluralization in message properties?

Obviously users like to see text properly pluralized, and pluralization schemes vary in the various written languages one may encounter. When internationalizing an app, what pattern(s) are useful for ...
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I18n strategy for java web apps

Internationalized applications usually display links in header for translating in different languages, e.g.: Spanish | English | Italian. These links usually translate current page in the selected ...
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How can I translate my android app help and keep it up to date?

My Android application is almost done and I spend much time creating a set of very precise help pages in HTML that I display using WebViews. I am now ready for the next step, which is i18n. ...
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When people work in different countries and need to work together how to keep code in correct language

I'm a member of a small new team and with one of our latest builds I noted that, VS2010 code files don't contain language formatting. So for example when I write down a Euro symbol in my code or ...
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Strategy for website with international strings

What things need to be considered for a Website that contains International strings, for instance Simplified Chinese and English mixed. UTF8 seems to me a natural choice, including a meta tag. ...
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Internationalization through SQL Database and performance issues

I'm using .Net technologies and because ASP.Net "instant translation" is not really easy to do with ResX, since it has to be compiled after every change, there are a few hacks available ...
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Internationalization of non-english application

I know there are lots of posts for internationalization, but this is something I didn't found while searching. I have a PHP Web application, which is pretty big right now. It's developed actively for ...
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Internationalization messages based in views or in model entities

I have a small webapp in java and I am adding the internationalization support, replacing texts with labels that are defined in dictionary files. While some texts are obviously unique to each view ...
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Scenarios for differences between UICulture and Culture

In .NET there are two "culture" values, UICulture and Culture. The first one is for localized texts on the UI, while the latter sets the culture for date and number formats. I can't come up with any ...
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Getting URLs from search results

After 1 months research I basically give up on getting all URL's from a search results programmatically, I looked at Google Search API to find a way to get millions of search results "URL's" to be ...
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Class design for internationalized object

I'm looking for some pointers on class design for a global application. Let's say I have to make a class structure to manage products, and the products are sold in different countries. Some of the ...
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Non-English Naming Conventions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do people in non-English-speaking countries code in English? I know that there are non-English based languages out there, where keywords are in some other tongue, but ...
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Is gettext appropriate for internationalizing user help documentation?

On my project, we have po files to internationalize/translate various labels, error messages, button-text etc. We also have separate po files for the entirety of our help documentation, which is ...
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International two-part date formats

Do people outside of the USA use two-part date abbreviations for the current year? For instance, representing the last day of May, you might see someone enter 5/31 into a date field. Do international ...
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How should I architect multi-language support for a group of applications?

I have about 8 web applications (all of them ASP.NET based), and I want to implement multiple language support for all of them and have an architecture that I can leverage on new web applications down ...
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Designing a web app that will be used from distant geographic locations

I have designed/built a number of small web apps. Most have been used by clients who operate in a specific geographic area, mostly within the same state/province. For these I would follow best ...
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Max. SMS length that will reach all users

I'm building a grants management system where we're trying to find a list of lost users using a number of different means. The first attempt is email but if we do not have an email address, we will ...
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Optimal storage space calculation for name, address, phone, fax and email data

Given the following assumptions: The amount of available data storage is highly limited All data is international As much storage as possible must be preserved since it will be used for something ...
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what limitation will we face if each user-perceived character is assigned to one codepoint?

Hi all I was wondering what limitations will we have if Unicode had decided to assign one and only one codepoint to every user-perceived character? Currently, Unicode has code-points that correspond ...
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Translating longer texts (view and email templates) with gettext

I'm developing a multilingual PHP web application, and I've got long(-ish) texts that I need to translate with gettext. These are email templates (usually short, but still several lines) and parts of ...
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Should I HTML encode all output from my API?

I am creating a RESTful JSON API to access data from our website where the content is in German. A handful of the fields will return formatted HTML while most are single lines of text although they ...
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If someone was making software, able to display content in any written language, what would they have to consider? [duplicate]

I know you'd have to use Unicode. And that Japanese is read vertically and reverse of English. What are some of the things one would have to take into consideration?
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What are the absolute, minimum requirement for containing SE Asian charsets for an embedded system project?

I work for a company that has begun integrating embedded computer systems into our products that we manufacture. We have a pretty wide range of products and they are distributed across the globe. ...
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Internationalization : What things to think about?

I was listening to Jon Skeet's talk at the last StackOverflow Dev Days and he piqued my curiousity regarding internationalization. Suppose I have a waffle-making program, either complete, or still in ...
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isn't number localization just unnecessary?

I've just read this page http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/06/10/jquery-globalization-plugin-from-microsoft.aspx One of the things they did was to convert the arabic date to the arabic ...