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Using gettext for runtime translations

From: Torsten Bronger
Subject: Using gettext for runtime translations
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2005 17:28:11 +0200
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For the Texinfo (actually makeinfo), we need to translate things
like "see section" or "node" to various languages.  The best way
would be (for German as an example)

translation = super_gettext("see ", "de");

However, this doesn't exist (yet?).  So I have to set the locale
manually.  Using "setenv", I have to tell gettext to empty its
cache, according to the gettext manual.  Is this also true if one
uses setlocale()?  Is setenv better that setlocale for some reason?

And most importantly:  What is a reliable way to know the language's
name?  For example, German is "de", but this doesn't work.  Instead,
it has to be "de_DE".  Does "ll_CC" work always and everywhere,
given that the translations are properly installed?  Is there a
decent fallback mechanism or do I have to mimic one?

Thank you!


Torsten Bronger, aquisgrana, europa vetus

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