[Nitro] "babel": new translation system - suggestions&help wanted

Stephan Walter news at stephan.walter.name
Sat Apr 1 06:09:38 EST 2006


I started writing a new system for translating both models and views,
similar to "Globalize" from RoR. Currently only model translations are
supported, and it's not optimised at all. Also you have to enter the
languages manually :-/

    svn co

In your model you write:

    require 'babel/babel.rb'
    class Whisper
        property :text, String
        translate :text

in the controller you set the base language:


and in your template:

    <?r Babel::Locale.set("de") ?>

which will automatically get the german translation (if there is no
translation, you'll get it in the base language). The same goes for
assigning values:

    @whisper.text = "Bonjour"

I plan to write a translator for views (perhaps this could be in the
transformer pipeline?) Any suggestions or corrections are welcome!

Also, I ran into a few problems:

1. I have two classes for storing the translations, which inherit from the
same class:

    class Translation
    class ModelTranslation < Translation
    class ViewTranslation < Translation                                         

How do I prevent Og from making a db table for Translation?

2. as I am automagically translating the fields into the selected
language, this interferes with the admin interface (i.e. the admin
interface doesn't show the actual contents of the database, but the
translations in the base language). Is there a simple way to distinguish
if the admin interface or the normal web app is accessing the data?


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