Google Talks Chrome Extension Internationalization

Google announced today that starting with Chrome Developer Channel release 4.0.288.1 and beta channel release 4.0.249.64 for Windows, an internationalization (i18n) framework for Google Chrome Extensions is available and enabled by default.

“This framework lets extension developers translate user-visible parts of the extension manifest — such as the name and description, and localize messages using simple JavaScript calls to the chrome.i18n.getMessage() method,” says software engineer Nebojsa Ciric. “We’ve implemented this feature as described in the design docs for Chromium.”

Google’s blog post on the subject has screenshots that show a browser action’s tooltip that has been translated into several languages. There is also code for localizing the extension manifest and getting translated messages in JavaScript.

Documentation can be found here.

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By Chris Crum

Chris Crum is a staff writer and content coordinator for iEntry.

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