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Localize – Localization an iPhone application

There are several steps, but none are monumental:

1. In the code, you need to call NSLocalizedString:
NSString *NSLocalizedString(NSString *key, NSString *comment);
See NSLocalizedString

“The second parameter is a comment that indicates how the string is used and therefore provides additional context to the translator.”

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So you call it for your strings like:
[sourcecode lang=”cpp”]
NSString *translatedString = NSLocalizedString(@"City", @"label for textfield");

2. Create the strings files:

Read Using the Genstrings Tool to Create Strings Files, but basically you’re going to run:
genstrings -o en.lproj *.m
(NOTE: en.lproj as a dir must already exist)

Also read the section titled “Detecting Nonlocalizable Strings” which explains the NSShowNonLocalizedStrings option for detecting non-localized strings (e.g., executing an app like /Applications/ -NSShowNonLocalizedStrings YES)

In the strings file you just created, there are entries like this:

[sourcecode lang=”cpp”]
/* label for textfield */
"City" = "City";

Make a copy of that file in a new language dir (e.g., de.lproj for German) and translate the values as such:

[sourcecode lang=”cpp”]
/* label for textfield */
"City" = "Ville";

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