[development] Drupal and i18n, the holy grail?

Bèr Kessels ber at webschuur.com
Sun Feb 26 11:52:57 UTC 2006

> I rather like Jose's approach to i18n support, and that is having it
> in core. I'm a little skeptical that having i18n as modular
> functionality. It should really be a part of core, and not something
> that can be turned on and off.

You are, unfortunately, making the same 'mistake' that Joses approach has had 
since the beginning:

There is *no* holy grail. All our i18n sites differ so much in what they need 
that they can never use the same codebase. 

*this* cannot live as turnkey in core. It can only ever live in core as APIS 
that offer miodule developers to build translation and so interfaces. 

Beleive me: I have been hacking Drupal since I released my first english and 
dutch Drupal site back in 2002 . 

My post is not "just a wild idea" to hack current systems up into smaller 
chunks and that be it. Its four years of Drupal-i18n experience that I 
compiled into a final proposal :). And I am not sayig this to lever myself 
as /te/ i18n guru, or to get aah and oohs. I am saying his, to illustrate my 
reasons for disliking the monolyth apprroach. 


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