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Re: [widgets] Removed LocalizableString interface from Widgets API

From: Marcos Caceres <marcosc@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 08:24:41 +0100
Message-ID: <4D2C05B9.2080207@opera.com>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
CC: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>, public-webapps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
On 1/10/11 4:28 PM, Robin Berjon wrote:
> On Jan 10, 2011, at 16:00 , Marcos Caceres wrote:
>> I would be happier if we could break up the Widget P&C spec into:
>>
>> * Packaging (zip only requirements) * XML Configuration for
>> widgets * XML Localization and Folder-based Localization
>
> I could live with that. It's not that I'm against l12n, I just don't
> think that it needs to be part of the standard given its complexity
> cost and likely actual usage.

I would argue that it's not particularly complicated to implement, and 
we are seeing it used in Opera extensions: we have extensions in 15 
languages as of today in our catalog [0].

Here is a breakdown (these are not exclusive to one language, most use 
English and some other language - and please be mindful our catalog is 
very new):

English: 262
Russian: 33
Polish: 16
German: 5
Japanese: 3
Turkish: 3
Slovak: 2
Portuguese: 2
Italian: 2
Norwegian: 2
Spanish: 1
Belarusian: 1
Czech: 1
Hungarian: 1
Northern Sami: 1

TOTAL (all languages): 335 of which 74 use another language (20% of the 
catalog). 20% is fairly significant and certainly indicative of "actual 
usage". To put into perspective, we have had over 4 million downloads of 
extensions since launch.

Most of those use 2 languages in the same widget, and some up to 3. For 
example [1]:

<widget xmlns="http://www.w3.org/ns/widgets" version="2.3-D">

   <name xml:lang="en">AutoComplete</name>
   <name xml:lang="ru">AutoComplete(Автозаполнение)</name>
   <name xml:lang="ja">AutoComplete(自動入力補完)</name>

   <description xml:lang="en">Provides the Autocomplete for the text 
input box.</description>
   <description xml:lang="ru">Обеспечивает автозаполнения для текстового 
поля ввода.</description>
   <description xml:lang="ja">テキストフォームに自動入力補完機能を提供し 
ます。</description>

</widget>

It's evident that the i18n model is usable by runtimes, widget 
galleries, and developers.

[0] http://www.operaextensions.com
[1] https://addons.opera.com/addons/extensions/details/autocomplete/2.3-D/
Received on Tuesday, 11 January 2011 07:25:23 GMT

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