[Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

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[Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

Post by eradicator » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:43 am

Currently every mod is equal on the mod portal. It would be nice if mod authors could mark which languages a mod supports (or the portal auto-detected this by looking at the locale folder) and players could filter search results to prefer results in their language or to hide all other-language mods completely.

Also for bonus points as a mod author it would be great to be able to have a seperate description page for each language (or even just to show the localized mod description from locale.cfg). I currently include all 3 languages i know into my own mods (which takes a non-negligible amount of time), but with the main mod portal language being english there is no good way for me to communicate to the browsing player that my mods support anything other than english.

Also for platinum bonus points let mod authors visibly mark their spoken languages so players know that an author can understand questions/bug reports written in other languages if a player is not fluent in english. This could also be useful on the forums.

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Re: [Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

Post by eradicator » Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:08 pm

Bumpy. Any official thoughts on this?

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Re: [Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

Post by Muppet9010 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:20 pm

I have just had a discussion with someone wanting to make a foreign language version of my mod and this was the only piece missing in why a mod shouldn't be duplicated for each language.

At the moment you basically need to speak English to be able to search for mods.

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Re: [Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

Post by Optera » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:52 pm

Well written mods, even if they only use English, should use localized strings for everything.
That way others can easily write language patches consisting only of info.json with dependency to the original mod and locale folder.

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Re: [Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

Post by Muppet9010 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:43 pm

Yes and that is what I have in my mod. However the mod portal page, FAQ ect is still either in one language or is duplicated in each language down its length.
So while near unlimited native speakers can contribute localle files to the mod, the portal page will tend to be or maybe 2 languages at most.

Ideally the other languages would be auto generated by the mod portal if not specifically specified. Say with Google translate.
Then someone searching in other languages would stand a better chance of finding what they want after a few variations to work around translations.

So if Inventory didn't translate directly into another language they may have to search for: storage, hold, carry, in their language.
Although in English you often have to search on multiple words to find the full range of mods.

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Re: [Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

Post by Optera » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:56 pm

Ah you mean mod portal language itself, gotcha.

Well I am a German native speaker, but am so used to using English I don't even bother with German most of the time.

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Re: [Suggestions] Per-mod language flags/language awareness

Post by vjbone » Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:58 pm

+ localised description ingame

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