Aksara Nusantara

Indonesia memiliki beraneka ragam bahasa daerah, masing-masing memiliki aturan penulisan sendiri menggunakan aksara tradisionalnya yang khas. Apresiasi terhadap berbagai aksara tradisional ini masih tampak misalnya dari mata pelajaran bahasa daerah di tiap daerah. Penggunaan aksara-aksara tradisional ini di berbagai sudut kota juga merupakan bukti bahwa, walaupun aksara ini telah hampir sepenuhnya tergantikan oleh aksara latin, sebenarnya bangsa kita masih cinta dan bangga atas kekayaan negeri kita yang satu ini. Sebagai contoh, penggunaan aksara Jawa pada papan nama jalan di berbagai penjuru kota Surakarta dan Yogyakarta. Atau penerapan yang sama pada aksara Arab Melayu di kota Pekanbaru belakangan ini.

Aksara Jawa

 

Aksara Sunda

 

Berbicara tentang aksara tradisional, awal tahun 2008 ini diwarnai dengan dimulainya sebuah proyek sumber terbuka yang diberi nama Aksara Nusantara. Proyek yang dikomando oleh Pak Mohammad DAMT ini bertujuan membuat sistem yang baku untuk menciptakan, menyunting dan menampilkan dokumen elektronik berbahasa daerah di Indonesia menggunakan aksara tradisional masing-masing. Sistem penulisan dan penampilan dokumen akan mengikuti standar Unicode sehingga diterima secara universal di seluruh dunia.

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CommentMailer Localization on The Fly

Being one of WordPress localization maintainer, I’m concerned to the fact that WP should be internationally accepted and easily localized into many languages. It applies to plugins too, so I always gettext all WP plugins I ever wrote (unfortunately only 2 of them are fully maintained and available for download here). :)

Lately I’ve been working on my 2nd plugin–commentmailer (currently in ver 0.1)–and found that it needs special i18n treatment. Unlike most plugins that need gettext to localize their appearance on the web page, commentmailer prints the localized strings into an e-mail.

Even as a non-English blog author, sometimes you do need to answer your visitor’s comment in English. More than that, if you are a true polyglot and writes your blog in several languages, you will also have to answer the comment in as many languages as you use. If you use commentmailer plugin to email those answers, you probably want to localize the email depending on the content language.

I’ve provided the localization schema to commentmailer since the first time I released it. But switching which language to use is as painful as changing your WordPress locale environment, unless you are using some multilingual plugin.

So I put some function that makes commentmailer prompt the user (blog author) with an option of which language he/she want to use to answer the visitor’s comment. It searches for commentmailer localization files inside your plugin dir and print a locale selection menu to your comment form.

Here’s what you need to do to take some advantage of this new feature:

  1. Update your commentmailer plugin to the latest version
  2. Use the localization template (commentmailer.pot) included in the distribution file to localize the plugin. Name your localization file (the machine object) commentmailer-[locale].mo and put it directly inside the plugin directory–next to commentmailer.php
  3. Using the corresponding WordPress localization is recommended since it will localize the date format printed in you e-mail
  4. When you are writing a reply in the comment form, select the language in which you are writing
  5. Of course you have to write the comment content in your language to match your preferred locale

CommentMailer

Comment Mailer is a WordPress plugin that helps you maintaining the discussion on your blog by letting the commenters know that you have replied their comments on the comment section of your post. Everytime you post a comment to answer previous comments from your visitors, you’ll be given an option to send a notification email to a spcecific commenters. It’s simple and easy.

Why You Should Use This Plugin

  • You’ll never know whether your blog commenters is going to visit back to look for your reply for his/her comment, subscribe a comment feed for a specific post, or choose to receive notification e-mail (if you provide one). By using this plugin, you’ll have a full control to decide whether it is necessary to notify a commenter for a new reply.
  • It keeps the discussion rolling on your blog comment system.

Grab it

Currently there is only unstable version of this plugin. But yet, you can still take the advantage by installing it. Use the following link to download the plugin.

commentmailer-0.1-beta

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