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Yes, in the end I agree.  The __tostring thing is neat, but it fails to work in instances outside of print() etc.  So the original translation function L would seem to meet my needs the best.

Again, I thank all of you for your comments and help.


On Dec 12, 2007 5:50 PM, Miles Bader <> wrote:
"Carlos Augusto Teixeira Mendes" <> writes:
> you will get <<<foobar>>>
> and not <<<foo>>><<<bar>>> as you might be expecting for your translation
> requirements.

Yeah, I think for this sort of task, you really want _source_ strings to
be translated.

I think it's better to byte the bullet and use the prefix (e.g. L"...")
though, because translating _every_ string by default seems way too
dangerous.  Some strings are not meant to be translated, and only the
programmer really knows which is which.


  display_dialog_box ("succeeded")


  if output_of_some_script == "succeeded" then

It's pretty likely the first should be translated but not the second.]


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