[Openstack-i18n] Switch to itstool for docs translation?

Shaun McCance shaunm at gnome.org
Sat May 3 12:53:02 UTC 2014

Hi all,

I've been working on switching the docs translation infrastructure over
to itstool. This affects openstack-manuals, operations-guide, and
api-site. The current tools are based on xml2po, but they don't call
xml2po directly. Instead, they import xml2po and mess around with its
internals to get some custom behavior.

itstool is designed to handle custom behavior with rules from the W3C
Internationalization Tag Set (ITS). You can see the ITS I put together
so far here:


Using ITS also allows us to do local ITS attributes to override the
behavior for specific elements. See a simple example here:


Most messages in the PO files will be the same. The one big difference
will be in how placeholders are done when there's a block-level element
inside a block-level element (a practice I discourage anyway).

Blueprint and some patches:


I'd like to get input from translators, as well as any other docs folks
who've worked on this. Most of the document translations are incomplete
anyway, but it would nevertheless be best to do this at the beginning of
a release cycle.


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