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Re: [help-texinfo] Where to place localized info files?

From: Mario Blättermann
Subject: Re: [help-texinfo] Where to place localized info files?
Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2014 17:29:01 +0100
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Hi Karl,

Am Dienstag, 31. Dezember 2013, 22:38:57 schrieben Sie:
>     but texinfo manuals are mostly more complete and
>     better maintained so that it would make sense to localize them first.
> Well, I can only agree.
>     But if there would be a way to choose the
>     language automatically, as the "man" command does, it would be nice.
> I agree, it would be nice.  It's been on my wishlist for 15 years or so.
> Nobody, including me unfortunately, has ever made a serious attempt at
> tackling it.  I don't expect the situation to change now.
> What comes to my mind is to use unique filenames, and then have info do
> something like look for  Using directories to
> differentiate, a la man, seems like far too incompatible of a change to me.
Doesn't matter whether we use subdirectories or files or what 
ever. For me as a translator, it doesn't make a difference. OK, I could use the 
mentioned suffix already for now, hoping it will be really parsed in the 
Just choose the most painless way, if you are really willing to provide this 
feature one day.

>     Fedora ships localized *.info files
> I believe you have found a feature specific to the maxima package, that
> is, maxima itself is finding and reading its localizing info files.
> There is nothing about automatic info finding based on locale in either
> standalone info or emacs info, to the best of my knowledge.

Yes, seems to be so. The system itself is obviously very difficult, I don't 
expect it is applicable to the most existing texinfo manuals without deep 
digging changes.

Best Regards,

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