[theme-reviewers] Translation-ready themes

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Tue Jun 24 17:45:53 UTC 2014

Note that I took the "make a .POT file by renaming a .PO file" from the
previously linked Codex/Handbook reference:

"There are a few other tools that can be used for generating a pot file.
You can use locally Poedit <http://www.poedit.net/>. After generating the
po file you can rename the file to POT."

I've never played with the WP developer tools. I'll have to take a look.

On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> I can see there is a lot of confusion here.
> A POT file is a Portable Object Template. It's the file that you actually
> start with. It's a generated text file containing all the strings from the
> code. You can generate it in various ways, but the official recommended way
> is to use the WordPress i18n tools. More on this below.
> A PO file is what you get after running a POT file through a translation
> system, like POEdit or GlotPress. It's the same as the POT file, but with
> the translations for a specific language included.
> A MO file is what you actually have to include with a piece of code for
> people to immediately use those translations. It's the compiled version of
> the PO file, for machines. Thus, instead of "Portable Object", it's a
> "Machine Object" file.
> Now, to generate POT files for a WordPress theme:
> 1. Check out the developer repository of WordPress:
> svn co http://develop.svn.wordpress.org/trunk wordpress
> 2. In that developer directory, you'll find a /tools/i18n directory. So:
> cd wordpress/tools/i18n
> 3. Use the makepot.php file:
>  php makepot.php wp-theme /path/to/your/theme/directory theme-slug.pot
> The resulting POT file will be the file you need to give to translators,
> or put into a GlotPress install, or whatever. It will have all the i18n
> strings from your theme, as well as the strings from the style.css file for
> the headers like the description and so forth. If you're doing a general
> release, this POT file should be included with your theme.
> If you have translated strings already, including the MO files will allow
> the users of your theme to use those strings.
> Including PO files is somewhat pointless, but they are generally included
> along with MO files if you have pre-made translations.
> -Otto
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:29 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>
> wrote:
>> Is generation of a .POT file really as trivial as taking the
>> Poedit-generated .PO file, and changing the extension from .PO to .POT?
>> If so, I don't really see the criticality of requiring a .POT file over a
>> .PO file.
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