Summary: Make default leader names translateable
                 Project: Freeciv
            Submitted by: None
            Submitted on: Wednesday 17/02/10 at 14:52 CET
                Category: client
                Severity: 2 - Minor
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                  Status: None
             Assigned to: None
        Originator Email: sini.ruoho...@cs.helsinki.fi
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
        Operating System: GNU/Linux
         Planned Release: 



Re: translator list thread on the topic:

It appears that there would be a point in making default ruler names
translateable, since their spelling actually differs from one language to the

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. ;) Languages with Kyrillic, Greek and Arabic
lettering and Japanese currently get the names as standard ascii English
versions too.

The difference is particularly noticeable in Arabic and Hebrew, where writing
order is right to left. Having a left to right name in a middle of a
right-to-left sentence makes things difficult to read.

A major technical obstacle suspected to be on the way is for server commands
interacting with leaders/players to be able to handle multi-byte
characterers. You should be able to e.g. /take a player regardless of server

Translating all the strings is a practical obstacle as well, since the number
of leader strings can be on the order of 1600. 

However, for many languages, most leader names aren't problematic to print as
they are, and making them translateable definitely won't make the translations
look any worse than they do, except possibly in statistics. If that's a
serious enough issue, there's always the possibility of making separate
language packages for freeciv-leaders, with their own stats. ;)

Thanks to Daniel Markstedt, Yoav Luft and Juhani Heino for helpful comments.


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