[development] Drupal 5 installation language files

Gabor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Fri Nov 17 21:52:31 UTC 2006


On Fri, 17 Nov 2006, [ISO-8859-1] Konstantin Käfer wrote:
> the new Drupal 5 web installer also provides a way to select the language for 
> the installation before doing anything like database setup. I'm wondering if 
> Drupal 5 ships with translated installation or if that's just an interface 
> for custom distributions.
> Should we include installation translations? If so, we should call for 
> translations once the string freeze is in effect.

I don't think Drupal is supposed to get shipped with installer 
translations. The matter of fact is that users will expect Drupal to work 
in the language used in install time. There is not yet a solution for this 
to work nicely (ie. create the language an import the whole big 
translation in install time). I intended to code something for this, but 
it was very late in the release cycle, and feature freeze broke in.

So for now, as far as I see, people will be able to download Drupal 5 and 
the translation, copy the installer.po file to the relevant folder, and 
enjoy installing in their native language. Then import their PO file the 
usual way.

We can experiment with providing translations as install profiles (without 
Drupal core itself, only a profile file and a simple module to do the auto 
installation of the translation). That would (migth) simplify initial 
interface translation.


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