Log in

No account? Create an account
LiveJournal Development [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
LiveJournal Development

[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

September 17th, 2002

Translation system problem [Sep. 17th, 2002|04:51 pm]
LiveJournal Development



The problem

We are currently having a big problem in the translation system. In English you can easily go


The Russians have it a little more complex:


Similarly, they have an entirely different system again in Tagalog and possibly other languages.

My idea

My idea is to create a system that allows the translators to enter as many translations as they need for a string that contains a number. We would need:
  • A flag for each translation string to determine if it contains a number or not.
  • A property of each language which states what number system this language uses (see below).
  • Determine how many translations per string containing a number are needed for each such system. Perhaps a hash in langlib?
  • For each such system, create a subroutine that decides which translation string to use for a particular number. Perhaps add subrefs to aforementioned global hash?
  • Enhance the translation editor to display several input boxes to translators wherever appropriate. The database could store these strings in one, separated by some special character, perhaps a pipe (|), so we would have something like:
    [[number]] hour ago|[[number]] hours ago
  • Add the required functionality to BML::ml().
With this, when a new language is added to the mix, all that needs to be done is either assign it an existing number system, or create a new one. That shouldn’t be much work at all.

Please comment whether or not you like this and/or whether you think this is feasible. If this is accepted, I will post it to Zilla and start right working on it.

Description of number systems behind this cutCollapse )
link16 comments|post comment

[ viewing | September 17th, 2002 ]
[ go | Previous Day|Next Day ]