Yes, it's correct that no leader names are currently marked for translation.

If we want to go down this path and internationalize leader names, I
can see at least one major technical and one major practical obstacle:

First, we must make sure all server commands that interact with
leaders/players are able to handle multi-byte characters. You must
f.e. be able to '/take' a player regardless of server locale.

Secondly, there's the practical matter of actually translating all
these strings. In trunk we've just about hit the 200 mark for nations,
with perhaps a mean of 8 leaders per nation. That makes for 1600
strings to translate, which is a hefty number IMO.

That said, I agree that such a measure would certainly improve the
quality of many localizations. Feel free to raise a bug at and
we can take it from there.


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Yoav Luft <> wrote:
> It's really noticeable in Arabic and Hebrew, where writing order it
> right to left. Having a left to right name in a middle of a
> right-to-left sentence makes things a bit difficult to read, so it
> seems like a good idea to me.
> On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 11:31 AM, Sini Ruohomaa
> <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> It appears that there might be a point in making default ruler names
>> translateable, since their spelling actually differs from one language
>> to the other. I haven't glimpsed at an up-to-date po file in quite a few
>> months so I assume they haven't become translateable just now. O:)
>> For example: Atawallpa is Atahualpa and Mary Stuart is Maria Stuart in
>> Finnish. Greek philosophers are also typical causes for mismatches, I
>> seem to recall from English class. ;) I expect that languages with
>> Kyrillic, Greek and Arabic lettering and Japanese currently get the
>> names as standard ascii English versions too?
>> Please keep the i18n list in cc for any translator-relevant replies. :)
>> (Dunno if the message gets to -dev past spam protection even, since I'm
>> not on the list.)
>> --Sini
>> PS. Thanks to Juhani Heino for pointing this out.
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