[wp-hackers] "This plugin is not properly prepared for localization" - what am I missing

J.D. Grimes jdg at codesymphony.co
Thu Apr 7 15:05:39 UTC 2016

Yes, this is the error that the import bot is reporting:


> Code for stable (rsvpmaker/tags/3.7.9/ <https://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/rsvpmaker/tags/3.7.9/>) in process...
> This plugin has a wrong text domain declaration in the file header:
>     ./rsvpmaker.php:Text Domain: rsvptoast
> This plugin doesn't use load_plugin_textdomain().
> Code for stable was processed.
> Readme for stable (rsvpmaker/tags/3.7.9/ <https://plugins.svn.wordpress.org/rsvpmaker/tags/3.7.9/>) in process...
> The GlotPress projects were updated.
> Result of the POT import: 0 new strings added, 0 updated, 0 fuzzied, and 0 obsoleted.
> Readme for stable  was processed.

You can find the errors for you plugin on that slack channel. I think this has been documented somewhere (a post on the make blog, I think), but maybe it isn't mentioned in the handbook.


> On Apr 7, 2016, at 10:58 AM, Braad <work at braadmartin.com> wrote:
> There might be other issues as well, but I see you're setting the "Text Domain" in your plugin header as "rsvptoast", but then you're using "rsvpmaker" in all your translation functions. According to https://developer.wordpress.org/plugins/internationalization/how-to-internationalize-your-plugin/ these must match, and your text domain must be set to the slug of your plugin.
> Text Domain: rsvptoast
> __('Thank you!','rsvpmaker');
> -Braad
> On 04/07/2016 07:47 AM, David F. Carr wrote:
>> The translations page for my plugin RSVPMaker displays the message shown
>> above
>> https://translate.wordpress.org/projects/wp-plugins/rsvpmaker
>> That warning links to the instructions for internationalization, which I
>> have tried to follow. Most of the key output strings are encoded with __()
>> or _e(). I've created a POT file, and a few translations have been produced
>> by users of the plugin. I fixed one issue with the header, where the
>> "domain path" for the translation files wasn't specified, but I'm still
>> getting the same message.
>> How do I figure out what I'm missing?
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