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INTLTOOL-PREPARE(8)	    System Manager's Manual	   INTLTOOL-PREPARE(8)

NAME
       intltool-prepare	- Prepare software to make use of intltool

SYNOPSIS
       intltool-prepare	[option] [KEYWORD]...

DESCRIPTION
       For  software  packages that include some specific type of translatable
       files (such as .desktop and .soundlist),	before they make use of	 intl-
       tool,  translators  have	 to dig	through	them one by one, and add their
       localization into each file. This process is error prone, since	trans-
       lators  may  include  typing errors, or add their localization in wrong
       encoding. Besides, translators may not alwas know other	files  (beside
       .po files) are translatable.

       intltool	 avoids	 all  the  problems above by extracting	strings	inside
       those translatable files	into po	template (.pot)	file. All  translators
       need  to	care about is just translating po files. Afterwards, intltool-
       merge(8)	will merge localized strings into those	files.

       Before your software becomes intltool-aware, a few issues  have	to  be
       sorted  out,  and  intltool-prepare  tries to take care of all of them.
       intltool-prepare	will:

       o Extract all localized strings	in  .desktop  style  files  (including
	 ".desktop",  ".soundlist", ".keys" and	".directory") into correspond-
	 ing po	files.

       o Convert the translatable files	into templates that don't contain  any
	 localization.

       o Add the list of template files	above into POTFILES.in.

       o Add  the  list	 of old	translatable files into	.cvsignore (since they
	 will be generated by intltool later).

       o Add the rules for generating these files into Makefile.am.

       NOTE: You must change working directory to the top level	source	direc-
       tory before running intltool-prepare.

OPTIONS
       KEYWORD	is  a list of additional keywords beside "Name", "Comment" and
       "description". intltool-prepare will recognize any line	starting  with
       those KEYWORD and extract localized strings after equal sign ("=").

       -x
       --verbose
	   Be verbose to give user additional feedback.

       -v
       --version
	   Show	version	information.
       -h
       --help
	   Show	usage and basic	help information.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to http://bugs.launchpad.net/intltool

AUTHOR
       Darin Adler <darin@bentspoon.com>
       Kenneth Christiansen <kenneth@gnu.org>
       Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@eazel.com>

SEE ALSO
       intltoolize(8),	 intltool-update(8),   intltool-extract(8),  intltool-
       merge(8)

intltool			  2003-08-02		   INTLTOOL-PREPARE(8)

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