[K12OSN] OT: Programming for multi-language support

Onatawahtaw onatawahtaw at yahoo.ca
Mon Feb 4 23:52:35 UTC 2008


I am working on some open source language teaching
software. Currently it is English to Cree instruction.
I am looking at ways to easily allow other languages
to be implemented. 

Currently, configuration files consist of text,
pictures, and audio. I would like to be able to move
the text and audio out of the configuration files into
language specific folders/files. Then I would create 
variables in the configuration file that indicates it
is getting the information from an external file. In
theory this could work fine.

However, the problem I am running into is that not all
concepts carry over easily. For example, I can create
a configuration file to teach the four seasons, and
have a clickable imagemap that display the four
seasons. Teaching this concept would work fine when
going between English, French, Spanish, German, etc.
However, Cree has 6 seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring,
Summer, as well as Freezeup and Thaw. I can foresee
similar problems in many other languages with other

Is there a simple solution to this problem?



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