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From "Pavitra Subramaniam (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (TRINIDAD-2116) ResourceBundles Strings containing doubled single quotes are not properly formatted by FastMessageFormat on display...
Date Fri, 09 Sep 2011 18:25:09 GMT


Pavitra Subramaniam commented on TRINIDAD-2116:

Precisely. After a fair bit of testing by the i18n team we realized that the fix would not
be backwards compatible. Unless all strings system-wide, are translated using the same WPTG
rules we could easily break cases where doubled quotes need to be retained.

There are teams that currently have their bundle strings in files, ADF libraries from other
teams and in database tables. Changing the behavior of the formatting would break backward
compatibility. (According to Andrew) who did the work to see if we could fix af:format and
found that we could not. We could not even fix the problem with a web.xml setting as that
would affect ADF libraries as well. The only fix that was accepted was to create new EL functions
so the existing functions could continue to work untouched.

At this time we need a solution, that would maintain backward compatibility but allow us to
start moving away from the fast message formatting altogether. 

> ResourceBundles Strings containing doubled single quotes are not properly formatted by
FastMessageFormat on display... 
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: TRINIDAD-2116
>                 URL:
>             Project: MyFaces Trinidad
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions:  1.2.12-core
>            Reporter: Pavitra Subramaniam
>            Assignee: Jeanne Waldman
>             Fix For: 2.0.1
>         Attachments: jira-2116-, jira2116-trunk.patch
> The translations tool used by the WPTG team that provides translations for the Strings
in the ResourceBundle uses special processing for single quotation marks, common in languages
such as French. In ResourceBundle files, if a message contains an argument placeholder, e.g.
{0} or {1}, it is assumed to be a format pattern for MessageFormat and the translation tool
automatically doubles all single quotes inside such a message. If the message contains no
arguments, it is expected to be used directly after loading from the bundle, without processing
with MessageFormat. Therefore, no quotes are doubled automatically in such a message. This
code change accounts for the presence of doubled quotes.
> Now and its counterpart on the client TrFastMessageFormatUtils
object (Locale.js) assumes simple formatting rules and does not account for the presence of
doubled single quotes. So this means that for some messages French users continue to see doubled
quotes when single quotes are more the norm, For e.g., instead of 
> Entrez une date avec le même format que l'exemple suivant : 01/02/2011
> they see something like 
> Entrez une date avec le même format que l''exemple suivant : 01/02/2011
> (Notice the doubled quotes in l''exemple)

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