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bug #52788: Please provide support for the golang

Submitted by:  Michael Vogt <mvogt>
Submitted on:  Tue 02 Jan 2018 02:43:26 PM UTC  
Category:  Other Severity:  4 - Important
Item Group:  None Status:  Confirmed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  None
Open/Closed:  Open

Wed 24 Jan 2018 03:08:17 AM UTC, comment #2:


The first thing is to review the existing implementations of a gettext runtime, which you have done.

The second thing will be to find out how a locale is chosen in the Go world.

The third thing will be to decide whether we want a gettext runtime that binds to the one in C, or one that is written entirely in Go. There seem to be different approaches in the Go world, cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(programming_language)#History

The fourth thing will be to decide about the API that the programmer should see.

Then we can go on to implement the thing.

Bruno Haible <haible>
Project Administrator
Tue 23 Jan 2018 09:59:48 PM UTC, comment #1:

A couple of remarks.

Being able to reorder the interpolated arguments is crucial for gettext because other languages can have different word orders. See https://golang.org/pkg/fmt/ and search for "Explicit argument indexes:". That differs from printf format strings for C.

Go does not have a default implementation of a gettext runtime. A quick search produced https://github.com/gosexy/gettext, https://github.com/leonelquinteros/gotext, https://github.com/snapcore/go-gettext, https://github.com/ojii/gettext.go, and probably more. That may make it hard to agree on a set of default keywords and flags for golang. But I haven't compared the APIs. If they are identical, this may be a non-issue.

That's not a thumbs-down on the suggestion but rather a hint that the implementation will probably be more than a quick copy and paste modification of the C backend.

Guido Flohr <gflohr>
Project Member
Tue 02 Jan 2018 02:43:26 PM UTC, original submission:

It would be great for gettext to support the go programming language.

Extracting the strings is similar to C, there is a additional "raw string" (https://golang.org/ref/spec#String_literals) that is enclosed in "`".

The format strings are also similar to C with some additional `%` verbs like: %q (details in https://golang.org/pkg/fmt/).

Michael Vogt <mvogt>


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    2018-01-02 haible Severity3 - Normal => 4 - Important
        StatusNone => Confirmed
    2018-01-02 haible CategoryNone => Programmer tools

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