4thSpace 4thSpace - 4 days ago 6
Objective-C Question

What is the second parameter of NSLocalizedString()?

What is the

*comment
parameter in:

NSString *NSLocalizedString(NSString *key, NSString *comment)


If I do this:

NSLocalizedString(@"Hello_World_Key", @"Hello World")


and have two versions of a Localizable.strings (English and Spanish), does each need the entry:

English.lproj/Localization.strings: @"Hello_World_Key" = @"Hello World";

Spanish.lproj/Localization.strings: @"Hello_World_Key" = @"Hola Mundo";


Isn't the English one redundant?

Answer

The comment string is ignored by the application. It is used for a translator's benefit, to add meaning to the contextual usage of the key where it is found in your application.

For example, the Hello_World_Key key may take different values in a given language, depending on how formal or informal the Hello World phrase needs to be in that language ("What's up World", "Yo World", "Good Day World", etc.).

You can add a string in the comment field to hint this usage to the translator, who will (one would presume) be better able to localize your application.

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