For some languages (en_UK, fi_FI and others) there are outdated language packs available on Magento connect (in these cases based on Magento 1.6).

We are using a recent Enterprise Edition (1.13).

Basically we want to generate a new CSV files which contains all the texts of our current Magento version (i.e. from the en_US folder of Magento Core) and pre-fill / merge the already existing translations (from the outdated non-US-English language pack), so that a translator can fill the missing fields.

Are there tools for that / did anybody do this before?

Remark: I did some edits for clarification in the text, so old comments might not apply anymore.

  • I have the same problem with pl_PL. It would be a nice idea for a hackathon, in case there is no solution out there.
    – fmrng
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 9:52
  • We built something which might help: github.com/magento-hackathon/Hackathon_LocaleFallback Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 9:57
  • @FabianBlechschmidt: I saw this project a while ago, but did not understand it because of poor README.md :-P
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 10:33
  • @FabianBlechschmidt: Is the idea to use editor tools which are made for .po files for Magento?
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 10:34
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    The idea is, that you can have a fallback language. The usecase was: you have de_DE and de_CH, nearly everything is the same but a few are not, so if you don't find a phrase in de_CH look it up in the fallback, de_DE... Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 10:46

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This is not a solution. It's more of an idea. You can identify the texts that are 'translatable' with a regex. See the answers here, then just parse the existing CSV files (that should be easy) and merge the results.
If you use this regex '/helper\(\\\'([a-z_]+)\\\'\)-\>__\([\s]*([\'|\\\"])(.*?[^\\\\])\\2.*?\)/' it should identify the module names in texts like Mage::helper('some_helper')->__('Some text').
The hard part in identifying the module is for texts like $this->__('Some text') but you should be able to get the module from the file path. Use this regex for that '/\$this-\>__\([\s]*([\'|\\\"])(.*?[^\\\\])\\1.*?\)/'.
For xml files it should be easy. Just parse them and look for the translate attribute.

  • In addition...some time ago there was a tool for identifying translatable texts that you could download from the EE account. It used the exact same regular expressions, but it's gone now. WHY MAGENTO TEAM...WHY?
    – Marius
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 11:22
  • Updated my question...
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 12:21
  • @Alex Ok. My answer still sounds valid to me. Unless I'm missing something. If so, please ignore me. tell me and I will delete the answer to avoid "background noise"
    – Marius
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 12:34
  • :) Will think about it more. But to find the texts from the code base, I think there is even some Magento tool...
    – Alex
    Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 16:36

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