[PD] choosing your language at launch WAS: Japanese Pure Data book is out now.

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at at.or.at
Sun Feb 26 05:57:35 CET 2012

On 02/25/2012 11:59 AM, András Murányi wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 22:56, Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans at at.or.at
> <mailto:hans at at.or.at>> wrote:
>     I was updating pd-extended.git, so I threw in the new Japanese
>     translation :-).  I'll be sure to update it one last time before the
>     final release, so you can test it in a real build.
>     I'm all for choice with the language of the app, but it seems to
>     me that
>     is something that the OS should handle.  So anyone who set their
>     system
>     language to English will get Pd-extended in English.  For those
>     who want
>     some mix of languages, then there is no standard technique that I know
>     of, and how you do it varies on each OS.  If someone wants to code
>     this
>     for Pd-extended, patches are welcome.
> If you want the *whole* app to change language, I'm pretty sure it
> will need to be restarted. Then I guess an equivalent of "export LANG"
> can be issued from tcl (and/or C?) at startup. (Could someone with the
> knowledge confirm/correct this plz?)
> If it's enough to change the translatable strings' language, we
> already have the "_" function in tcl. I have no idea how it goes on
> the C side. Then I guess instead of restarting, it's possible to
> redraw the GUI (?).
> I'd be happy to code into this when I know more.
> András

What I meant by a mix of languages is a mix of apps on a given system
running in different languages, i.e. Thunderbird in Japanese, Pd in
English.  Perhaps this could be handled by a plugin?  I don't know all
the possible ways of getting Tcl to change the language, but I do know
that 'export LANG=ja' works.


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