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From Marcel Stör <mar...@frightanic.com>
Subject Load tokens from a file into list
Date Tue, 13 Feb 2007 15:10:42 GMT
I'd like to do some text substitution/translation in an XML file.

Source:
[...]
<!-- locale-token1 -->
[...]
<!-- locale-token2 -->

Target:
[...]
<foo locale="en">
	<title>My title</title>
	<description>My description</description>
</foo>
<foo locale="de">
	<title>Mein Titel</title>
	<description>Meine Beschreibung</description>
</foo>
[...]

On the file system I'd have resource files such as 
resources_en.properties, resources_de.properties, etc. containing 
key/value pairs for the tokens such as:
locale-token1.title = My title
locale-token1.description = My description


I thought I could implement this as a two-phase process:

1. replace each token with the basic XML structure. So, <!-- 
locale-token1 --> would then be replaced with
<foo locale="en">
	<title>en.locale-token1.title</title>
	<description>en.locale-token1.description</description>
</foo>
<foo locale="de">
	<title>de.locale-token1.title</title>
	<description>de.locale-token1.description</description>
</foo>
-> antcontrib foreach task
2. Replace all remaining tokens with the content of defined in the 
corresponding resource files.
-> Ant replace task with properties files


Are there easier ways to achieve this? How would I parse my source file 
in the first place to obtain a list of all tokens (to feed to the 
foreach task)?

-- 
Marcel Stör, http://www.frightanic.com
Blog: http://frightanic.wordpress.com
Skype: marcelstoer



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