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From "Magesh Umasankar" <>
Subject i18n (Was: Re: Action List - Volunteers Needed)
Date Mon, 10 Dec 2001 16:11:00 GMT

From: "Stefan Bodewig" <>

> > Also, what are the parts we aim to internationalize?
> At least the messages generated from the core as well 
> as from tasks - all the "compiling X file(s)".  
> Element names and attributes should not be translated 

Are we looking at shipping internationalized bundles or 
are we looking at shipping a single bundle which can be 
run in multiple languages, depending upon what the user 

If we are looking at the former, <translate> may help to 
a reasonable extent.

From: "Stephane Bailliez" <>

> About the demand, I know that french are pretty lazy 
> and prefer to have ant
So do I, having been born and bred in a (former) French 
colony ;-)

> in their own language, but this is really more than 
> that...let's start by have messages in a specific 
> locale.

> For now, I would even put a -1 on any manual 
> translation except if someone is really dedicated to 
> it and is maintaining it full time

> So that will be a lot of work with little value...
Thats why I asked the question about demand.

> Localized messages will be a plus for basic users and 
> will not require a lot of resources.
So long as we are aware that a chance of messages going 
out of sync also exists.

> - Task names must not be changed, otherwise -> 
> nightmare.

> - Dates: people are free to put their own date format, 
> locale and timezone in tstamp.
I mean when displaying log messages, etc.  Not when just 
using <tstamp>

> - Currency: ? Ant is a build tool not a business 
> tool :) (and JDK 1.4 only supports currency)
More over it is free making it immune to currency 
conversions ;-)


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