[Rd] gettext() and messages in 'pkg' domain

Philippe Grosjean phgrosjean at sciviews.org
Sun Dec 30 11:48:01 CET 2007

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> On Sun, 30 Dec 2007, Philippe Grosjean wrote:
>> Hello,
>> As I understand it, gettext() is designed to retrieve messages from
>> 'R-pkg' domains. As such, it cannot retrieve some of the messages in the
>> 'pkg' domains (those supposed to be accessed by C code only, I know),
>> namely, all messages ending with space(s) or \n. This is clearly
>> indicated in ?gettext (at least for trailing spaces):
>> "For 'gettext', leading and trailing whitespace is ignored when looking
>> for the translation."
> (\n _is_ whitespace).

Yes, soory.

>> So, my questions:
>> 1) Do I really need to write C code to retrieve all messages from 'pkg'
>> domain?
> Yes.
>> 2) Wouldn't it be useful to add an argument to gettext() (like trim =
>> TRUE), or alternatively, to propose a Gettext() function in utils
>> packages that allows retrieving those messages with trailing space(s) or
>> \n in 'pkg' domain from R code?
> Apparently only useful to you: it's certainly not useful for the 
> internationalization of R itself, and I don't see why you can't organize 
> the package so that the C-level messages don't have leading/trailing 
> whitespace *if* you want to mix up domains.

Messages are is someone else's package. So, I have no control on them!

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