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Create a tool that extracts all text to be displayed

Status
Open
Subject
Create a tool that extracts all text to be displayed
Version
18.x
Category
  • Feature request
Feature
i18n (Multilingual, l10n, Babelfish)
Resolution status
New
Submitted by
hman
Lastmod by
hman
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(0)
Description

Creating a translation of Tiki Wiki is a really arduous task, more like a project (I have spent more than half a month already, almost fulltime).

No one will want to do this more than once, at least I don't. The problem is, that in order to render a good translation, you have to see a text in it's context. The task is so tremendously labour intensive, because you have to backtrack clicking everything, activating everything, then deactivating everything, trying to provoke all errors etc. pp. et. al.

Now comes the problem of Tiki improvements. With every new release of Tiki, from the smallest bugfix to the biggest new release of a LTS possibly comes new text. And even correcting a single character that was part of a typo immediately leads to the translation vanishing into thin air because the pattern matching of tra() won't catch it any longer. The translation remains in the language file, but is never displayed again.

So everything will have to be re-checked., time and again.

Since Tiki Wiki does not have one file of text that resides in constants, you cannot simply generate a diff to see what has changed, and thus needs new (or altered) translations.

Therefore a tool would be necessary that extracts all text to be displayed. That tool could then also look up if there are pre-existing translations of those strings, and present them, too. As a side effect, such a tool could help developers to guard their code against strings NOT passed into tra() or tr (which makes translating them impossible).

In the first stage, such a tool could simply produce one file as output, in later development could be interactive. Such a tool would be a necessry prerequiste for version advancement of Tiki, because without it, all (!) translations are rendered into "status unknown" with any change of code.

Side remark: Such a tool does not necessarily have to be part of Tiki. It could make development easier it at first it would be stand-alone.

Importance
7
Easy to solve?
2
Priority
14
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Version: Create show2.tikiwiki.org instance
Ticket ID
7511
Created
Tuesday 25 August, 2020 09:52:55 GMT-0000
LastModif
Tuesday 25 August, 2020 11:41:26 GMT-0000

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