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The SRFI doesn't discuss any existing localization APIs. I suggest it might be a better to come up with an API that can work with existing tools and standards. Specifically, I would recommend an API that can be implemented using the GNU gettext package. I suggest these two functions: (textdomain 'PACKAGE-NAME [LOCALE-DIR]) Look for translations for the package named PACKAGE-NAME. The translation files are in LOCALE-DIR, which has an implemengtation-specific default. (gettext "MESSAGE") Look for a translation for "MESSAGE". If one is found, return it; otehrwise return "MESSAGE" unchanged. Example: (textdomain 'hello-program) (display (format (gettext "Hello, ~a!") myname)) A trivial no-op implementation: (define (textdomain . args) 'ignore) (define (gettext msg) msg) -- --Per Bothner per@xxxxxxxxxxx http://www.bothner.com/per/