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The dynamic sentence creation anti-pattern

By Isofarro on March 5th, 2010 - One comment

The natural internationalisation stumbling block, particularly for technical people, is that localisation isn’t just about translating static text strings. Surprisingly, many developers and programmers fail to consider that sentences in one natural language cannot be simply translated one word at a time to another language. Differences in grammar Every human language has its own grammatical […]

Replacing static text strings with references

By Isofarro on March 24th, 2009 - No comments

The first major step to localising a website or web application is to translate all the static text strings into the preferred language. Static text being text that doesn’t change from request to request. The typical approach to translating this text is to replace every piece of static text with a variable reference that points […]

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