Monday, October 05, 2009

Plural support

Having a sophisticated community of localisers is a mixed blessing for software developers. When software is to be localised, they expect the constructs they need to properly localise for their language. Particularly the support for plurals is considered to be essential.

The way it works at is, that when a new application is accepted for localisation, it is made clear what functionality needs work. Top of the list is the ability to import and export. As a consequence the list of supported formats has grown considerably.

Recently a lot of work has gone in the plural support of Ruby on Rails for OpenStreetMap and partial Javascript support for mwEmbed. All this is possible because of the cooperation between the developers and the developers of the application that is supported.

Working together in proves to be mutually beneficial; new applications like OpenStreetMap brings new people even languages to and the existing community has adopted OpenStreetMap enthusiastically. Most importantly, the usability of the software is enhanced because not only are localisations in many languages added, the English texts also gain plural support and becomes better understood.
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