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Please see the related work on SRFI-29, which addresses this very issue by extending Basic Format Strings with the notion you describe. Scott On Wed, Jun 05, 2002 at 10:44:32AM -0700, bear wrote: > > When modifying code to work for users who use another language, > it is frequently necessary to reorder the "data" parts of the > output to match the syntax of the language of output. > > For example, if I am talking about some chunk of data as a > thing being acted upon (linguistically, a direct object) by > a procedure (linguistically, a verb) in my debugger error > messages, then the verb should come before the direct object > in English, but the verb should come after the direct object > in German. Since both of these (data and function name) are > likely to be parameters of the format statement, being unable > to reorder them by just changing the format string causes a > problem. > > When finished, I'd like to be able to write something like: > > (let ((language 'en )) > (display > (format (strings "sorry, can't ~1a the object ~2a" language) > errproc > errdata))) > > Because this would allow all the localization can be done > by providing additional format strings for different languages, > without the need to rearrange code. Specifically, this would > allow the same code to operate in multiple languages as long > as a binding for the variable 'language' were in scope and > the strings function had lookup tables for format strings in > the specified language. (I'm assuming use of the same language > specifiers as used in the HTTP protocol). > > Bear > > (considering writing that SRFI for the (strings) function...) > > --
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