[wp-hackers] i18n of plugin description

Benedict Eastaugh ionfish at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 16:46:51 GMT 2008

Well, the description in the header could be deprecated, and we could simply
start using the new method while retaining support for the old where the new
description is not available.

On 24/01/2008, Jennifer Hodgdon <yahgrp at poplarware.com> wrote:
> One thing to consider is that locales are very very specific and there
> are a zillion of them. For instance, if you specify you have a
> description for en_EN, someone who uses locale en_US or en_CA could
> certainly read that description. Then again, for some languages, maybe
> the locale is important for understanding. The plugin author should
> not have to make a list of all possible locales for matching.
> Given that, I don't like any of the suggestions so far proposed for
> providing descriptions in different languages. In my opinion, the
> matching scheme should somehow tie in to the POT/PO/MO/gettext
> internationalization scheme, not rely on matching the person's exact
> locale setting with a locale the plugin author decided to include a
> description for.
> One possibility that could possibly be made to work is to put
> something like this into the plugin header:
> /* Plugin Name: ...
>     Description: Plugin to save the world
>     (rest of header)
> */
> $myplugin_desc = __( "Plugin to save the world" );
> Now, the plugin description (as long as it is typed carefully the same
> in two spots) is part of the gettext scheme, and will be translated
> whenever the plugin is translated. The plugin listing page in the
> admin screen could try running the description through gettext before
> displaying it, and if that string has been translated in the MO file,
> it would get displayed in the user's preferred language.
> How about that? The main pitfall would be that you have to remember,
> if you edit the description in the header, to put the same description
> into the $desc variable, so they stay in sync.
>      --Jennifer
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