Locale::Maketext::Fuzzy - Maketext from already interpolated strings
This document describes version 0.02 of Locale::Maketext::Fuzzy.
package MyApp::L10N; use base 'Locale::Maketext::Fuzzy'; # instead of Locale::Maketext package MyApp::L10N::de; use base 'MyApp::L10N'; our %Lexicon = ( # Exact match should always be preferred if possible "0 camels were released." => "Exact match", # Fuzzy match candidate "[quant,_1,camel was,camels were] released." => "[quant,_1,Kamel wurde,Kamele wurden] freigegeben.", # This could also match fuzzily, but is less preferred "[_2] released[_1]" => "[_1][_2] ist frei[_1]", ); package main; my $lh = MyApp::L10N->get_handle('de'); # All ->maketext calls below will become ->maketext_fuzzy instead $lh->override_maketext(1); # This prints "Exact match" print $lh->maketext('0 camels were released.'); # "1 Kamel wurde freigegeben." -- quant() gets 1 print $lh->maketext('1 camel was released.'); # "2 Kamele wurden freigegeben." -- quant() gets 2 print $lh->maketext('2 camels were released.'); # "3 Kamele wurden freigegeben." -- parameters are ignored print $lh->maketext('3 released.'); # "4 Kamele wurden freigegeben." -- normal usage print $lh->maketext('[*,_1,camel was,camels were] released.', 4); # "!Perl ist frei!" -- matches the broader one # Note that the sequence ([_2] before [_1]) is preserved print $lh->maketext('Perl released!');
This module is a subclass of
Locale::Maketext, with additional support for localizing messages that already contains interpolated variables. This is most useful when the messages are returned by external modules -- for example, to match
dir: command not found against
[_1]: command not found.
Of course, this module is also useful if you're simply too lazy to use the
$lh->maketext("[quant,_1,file,files] deleted.", $count);
syntax, but wish to write
$lh->maketext_fuzzy("$count files deleted");
instead, and have the correct plural form figured out automatically.
maketext_fuzzy seems too long to type for you, this module also provides a
override_maketext method to turn all
maketext calls into
That method takes exactly the same arguments as the
maketext method of
If key is found in lexicons, it is applied in the same way as
maketext. Otherwise, it looks at all lexicon entries that could possibly yield key, by turning
[...] sequences into
(.*?) and match the resulting regular expression against key.
Once it finds all candidate entries, the longest one replaces the key for the real
maketext call. Variables matched by its bracket sequences (
$2...) are placed before parameters; the order of variables in the matched entry are correctly preserved.
For example, if the matched entry in
Test [_1], this call:
$fh->maketext_fuzzy("Test string", "param");
is equivalent to this:
$fh->maketext("Test [_1]", "string", "param");
However, most of the time you won't need to supply parameters to a
maketext_fuzzy call, since all parameters are already interpolated into the string.
If flag is true, this accessor method turns
$lh->maketext into an alias for
$lh->maketext_fuzzy, so all consecutive
maketext calls in the
$lh's packages are automatically fuzzy. A false flag restores the original behaviour. If the flag is not specified, returns the current status of override; the default is 0 (no overriding).
Note that this call only modifies the symbol table of the language class that
$lh belongs to, so other languages are not affected. If you want to override all language handles in a certain application, try this:
"[quant,_1,file] deleted"won't match
"3 files deleted"; you'll have to write
"[quant,_1,file,files] deleted"instead, or simply use
"[_1] file deleted"as the lexicon key and put the correct plural form handling into the corresponding value.
Tiebackend, all keys would be iterated over each time a fuzzy match is performed, and may cause serious speed penalty. Patches welcome.
This particular module was written to facilitate an auto-extraction layer for Slashcode's Template Toolkit provider, based on
Template::Parser. It would work like this:
Input | <B>from the [% story.dept %] dept.</B> Output| <B>[%|loc( story.dept )%]from the [_1] dept.[%END%]</B>
Now, this layer suffers from the same linguistic problems as an ordinary
Gettext framework does -- what if we want to make ordinates from
[% story.dept %] (i.e.
from the 3rd dept.), or expand the
The same problem occurred in RT's web interface, where it had to localize messages returned by external modules, which may already contain interpolated variables, e.g.
"Successfully deleted 7 ticket(s) in 'c:\temp'.".
Since I didn't have the time to refactor
DBI::SearchBuilder, I devised a
loc_match method to pre-process their messages into one of the candidate strings, then applied the matched string to
Afterwards, I realized that instead of preparing a set of candidate strings, I could actually use the original lexicon file (i.e. PO files via
Locale::Maketext::Lexicon) to match against. This is how
Locale::Maketext::Fuzzy was born.
Autrijus Tang <email@example.com>
Copyright 2002 by Autrijus Tang <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.