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Re: gettext-based localization

> > Let's not re-invent the wheel.  There is a standard used by lots of Free
> > Software.  It works.  A message translation SRFI really needs to be
> > compatible with it.  I suggest at least a quick look at the gettext
> > manual: http://www.gnu.org/manual/gettext/html_chapter/gettext_toc.html
> Another data point for a well established mechanism is the Java API for 
> internationalization (http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.1/docs/guide/intl/). 
> They use strings instead of the more elegant symbols of Scheme/Lisp, but they 
> seem to come down on the side of message tags. The code has references to 
> strings that are resource names, where resource bundles provide the 
> English/French/whatever text of the message.

A possible compromise might be to have the message tag be a string rather
than a symbol.  Those that wish to inline their messages can write their
own function that delegates to localized-template, and returns the 
message tag if localized-template returns #f.  This at least gives 
people the option of cluttering up their source or using a tool to 


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