Multilingual and multi-regional applications¶
The tutorial.i18nexamplebootstrap example changes the simple address book example so that the user can select the language displayed on the user interface. The chosen locale also formats the display of dates.
Make your component translatable¶
Mark the messages that need to be translated¶
Create a global
Catalogue in your module and assign it to the
_ = Catalogue('reahl-doc')
Wrap all strings destined for the user interface in a call to the
Catalogue similar to the brand text in AddressBookPage above.
_() call marks the relevant string so it can be found by
tools that search your source. These tools compile a catalogue of
strings that need translation. You will later add translated versions
for these messages in the same catalogue.
When creating the
Catalogue, pass it the name of the catalogue
where it should search for translations to strings wrapped in
By convention the catalogue is named the same as your component.
The Address class contains more examples:
class Address(Base): __tablename__ = 'i18nexamplebootstrap_address' id = Column(Integer, primary_key=True) email_address = Column(UnicodeText) name = Column(UnicodeText) added_date = Column(Date) @exposed def fields(self, fields): fields.name = Field(label=_('Name'), required=True) fields.email_address = EmailField(label=_('Email'), required=True) def save(self): self.added_date = datetime.date.today() Session.add(self) @exposed('save') def events(self, events): events.save = Event(label=_('Save'), action=Action(self.save))
Dealing with plural messages¶
In some languages there are many distinct plural forms that differ depending on the number of items you are talking about.
ngettext() for messages
that need plural translations. It takes the English singular and
plural form and returns the correct plural form for the target
language, given the number of items:
class AddressBookPanel(Div): def __init__(self, view): super(AddressBookPanel, self).__init__(view) number_of_addresses = Session.query(Address).count() self.add_child(H(view, 1, text=_.ngettext('Address', 'Addresses', number_of_addresses))) self.add_child(AddressForm(view)) for address in Session.query(Address).all(): self.add_child(AddressBox(view, address))
Many other things can be customised depending on the chosen locale by
using the Babel library directly. Obtain
the current locale string from
Format the date inside an AddressBox for the current locale:
class AddressBox(Widget): def __init__(self, view, address): super(AddressBox, self).__init__(view) formatted_date = babel.dates.format_date(address.added_date, locale=_.current_locale) self.add_child(P(view, text='%s: %s (%s)' % (address.name, address.email_address, formatted_date)))
Making it possible for others to translate your component¶
Create the i18nexamplebootstrapmessages package in the top level directory of the example (don’t forget the __init__.py). It will house your message catalogue. List it in your .reahlproject:
Once your “translations” package is ready, extract the catalogue from your source code by running:
This stores your original messages inside i18nexamplebootstrapmessages/i18nexamplebootstrap.
Remember to run
reahl setup -- develop -N after changing
the .reahlproject file.
Add translated messages¶
Before you can start translating messages to another language, add a locale for it to the package housing all your translations.
Here we add the af locale (for the Afrikaans language) to i18nexamplebootstrap by running (from the i18nexamplebootstrap directory):
reahl addlocale af i18nexamplebootstrap
This creates the file i18nexamplebootstrap/af/LC_MESSAGES/i18nexamplebootstrap.po which you must edit to supply the translated versions for the af locale.
Once done, compile the catalogue so that it can be used by a running application:
Supplying translations to another component¶
A component can supply translations for use by another component. First, make your component dependent on the one to which it supplies translations.
- Then, the process is exactly the same as before:
- add a <translations> package in your component to hold the translated messages;
- add the new locale to your new component, stating the catalogue name for which the locale is intended:
reahl addlocale fr theothercomponentcataloguename
- translate the messages in the text file created; and
- compile the messages as usual.
If you add a locale that is not included by Reahl itself, you need to supply translations for all the Reahl components you use.
When your software changes, the messages used in it also change. Extract the new set of original messages as usual:
Then update your already-translated list of messages using the new list:
Finally, edit the merged messages to supply translated versions of new messages before compiling them as before.