[Rd] Localization of Rd files

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Fri Feb 8 17:23:29 CET 2013

On 08/02/2013 15:13, Julien Barnier wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm currently developing a small package essentially used by non-english
> speaking people, So I wrote the help pages (Rd files) in french.
> What I'd like to know is if there is a way to localize these Rd files, ie
> provide the same file in different languages to have it displayed according
> to the locale of the user's system.

No.  Apart from anything else, .Rd files are processed at installation 
time, when the locale may well be different from the user's locale.

You might as well have different versions of the package for different 
languages -- people have done that.

> I've found that there are possibilities to translate text messages from
> package functions with gettext, but nothing about Rd files.
> Thanks in advance for any hints.
> Sincerely,

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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