Last Modified 2013-09-04 by Jan Schneider

Translating Horde Applications

This information is valid for Horde 3 only. See Doc/Dev/Translation for Horde 4 and later.

by vijay.mahrra@es.easynet.net

This document is intended to help developers translate a Horde 3 module using the new translation.php script.

Please feel free to fill in any gaps or clarify any existing information presented here.

Read also horde/po/README.

Document Standards

The following standards and assumptions are used throughout this document. Please adjust accordingly to your situation.

  • You have a working Horde Framework 3 installation.
  • You have at least one module configured and working gettext'ed _("") English for all strings that require translation.

The Translation Script

$ php horde/po/translation.php

Usage: translation.php [options] command [command-options]
       translation.php [help|-h|--help] [command]

Helper application to create and maintain translations for the Horde
framework and its applications.
For an introduction read the file README in this directory.

  help        Show this help message.
  compendium  Rebuild the compendium file. Warning: This overwrites the
              current compendium.
  extract     Generate PO template (.pot) files.
  init        Create one or more PO files for a new locale. Warning: This
              overwrites the existing PO files of this locale.
  merge       Merge the current PO file with the current PO template file.
  update      Run extract and merge sequent.
  update-help Extract all new and changed entries from the English XML help
              file and merge them with the existing ones.
  cleanup     Cleans the PO files up from untranslated and obsolete entries.
  make        Build binary MO files from the specified PO files.
  make-help   Mark all entries in the XML help file being up-to-date and
              prepare the file for the next execution of update-help. You
              should only run make-help AFTER update-help and revising the
              help file.
  commit      Commit translations to the CVS server.
  commit-help Commit help files to the CVS server.

  -b, --base=/PATH  Full path to the (Horde) base directory that should be
  -d, --debug       Show error messages from the executed binaries.
  -h, --help        Show this help message.
  -t, --test        Show the executed commands but don't run anything.

Please report any bugs to i18n@lists.horde.org.

These commands can be called with translation.php COMMAND help for further information.

Making a Translation

Intialise/Merge the Translation

If this is the first time, run:
php translation.php init --module=MODULE --locale=xx_XX where MODULE is the module folder under horde and xx_XX is the locale (country and language code), e.g. en_GB or es_ES

then, if you didn't create one before, build the compendium with all existing translations for the locale from other Horde applications:
php translation.php compendium --locale=xx_XX

finally, try to get as many translations as possible from the compendium into the new translation:
php translation.php merge --module=MODULE --locale=xx_XX

Edit and Update the Translation

Create the compendium file (do this one time only):

php translation.php compendium --locale=xx_XX

Clean up obsolte entries:

php translation.php cleanup

Prepare the file to edit:

php translation.php update --module=MODULE --locale=xx_XX

Edit the translation file horde/MODULE/po/xx_XX using a suitable gettext editing program, such as KBabel or poedit and save the file.

Compile the translation:

php translation.php make

If you want to see the changes right away, restart the http server (i.e. service httpd restart in Fedora, CentOS and similar OSes).

If you are *not* getting framework strings translated, take a look at this: http://bugs.horde.org/ticket/9205

Translating Help Files

First extract all new and changed entries from the English XML help file and merge them with the existing ones:
php translation.php update-help --module=MODULE --locale=xx_XX
Then edit the help file for the necessary language using a text editor or vi:

$ vi horde/easyacdc/locale/xx_XX/help.xml

php translation.php make-help --module=MODULE --locale=xx_XX