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po4a and vim-doc-es. Example of text format usage.

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po4a and vim are among my favourite FOSS applications ever since I started to like GNU/Linux systems. Some time ago, I joined vim-doc-es and (recently) po4a projects as a translator. However, I was in grief as I couldn’t use po4a in my vim-doc-es project due to some formatting problems. Up to now :)

This post is for people who don’t know about po4a, and intended as a simple example of adapting po4a to your project (or the other way around) if it’s just documentation what you need to translate. The po4a.cfg file is so complete I had no need to change the directory structure, though I guess it may be neccesarry in projects where you need to extract the translatable strings from the code. At vim-doc-es we only deal with text format (I would like to go html some time). The requirements of po4a in this project are very simple. I hope this will enlighten your way if you’ve never touched po4a before.

As I said, the central part of automatizing po4a in your project is the po4a.cfg file. Here’s vim-doc-es one.

# vim-doc-es po4a.cfg

[po4a_langs] es

# The languages to which you want to translate the document.

[po4a_paths] original/POT/$master.pot es:traducido/PO/$master.po

# The paths to both pot’s and po’s. The $master variable is perfect when you need to translate several documents. If you only have one document, you may do the following.

[po4a_paths] original/POT/original.pot $lang:traducido/PO/$lang.po

# In this case, original.pot would be translated to as many languages as specified in the [po4a_langs] field.

# General options for po4a (po4a-translate and po4a-updatepo). Specify the module options below.

[options] opt:"-v --package-name Vim --package-version 7.2\
--msgid-bugs-address vim@bugs.org --no-backups"

# You can see here that some fields are automatically filled up with po4a.

# Aliases for the text module. You may create as many aliases as needed, or none and just use [type:module] for every document.

[po4a_alias:vimtxt] text opt:"-M utf-8 -L utf-8 -o tabs=verbatim -o nobullets"
[po4a_alias:vimtxt0] text opt:"-M utf-8 -L utf-8 -k 0 -o tabs=verbatim -o nobullets"
# I need one file to recieve different options.

# List of documents. The source and destination paths of the original and translated document. You may use the $lang variable in case you have more languages. Note how every document is set to a module alias, not to the module itself. You can specify as many format modules as needed.

# help.txt
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/help.txt es:traducido/ESX/help.esx

# Tabla de contenidos
[type:vimtxt0] original/TXT/usr_toc.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_toc.esx

# Manual de usuario.
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_01.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_01.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_02.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_02.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_03.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_03.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_04.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_04.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_05.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_05.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_06.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_06.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_07.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_07.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_08.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_08.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_09.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_09.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_10.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_10.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_11.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_11.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_12.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_12.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_20.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_20.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_21.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_21.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_22.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_22.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_23.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_23.esx
[type:vimtxt] original/TXT/usr_24.txt es:traducido/ESX/usr_24.esx

Running “po4a po4a.cfg” updates pot and po files, as well as the translated documents.
And that’s about it. Easy and cool.


Written by elric80

November 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Posted in l10n, linux

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