From Worms Knowledge Base
|Latest version:||188.8.131.52 / 12 August 2011|
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WA Localizer (or wkLocalizer) is a WormKit module, bundled with an editor, which allows you to fully translate W:A (front-end, ingame, etc.). The langpacks are placed in the /Languages/ folder of W:A directory, and can be choosed from the Options menu.
- 1 Installation and use
- 2 Translating: important tips
- 2.1 1. Choosing the base language
- 2.2 2. Specifying the name for your langpack
- 2.3 3. Specifying lang ID, collision issues
- 2.4 4. Translating process
- 2.5 5. Saving and testing
- 3 Source code
- 4 See also
Installation and use
You need to use the installer or extract the archive with files into your W:A folder. Download your desired language pack(s) from here and put them into /Languages/ folder of W:A directory, or make your own one (see the guide below). Then run WA and choose your language from the Options menu.
Moving the WaLangEdit.exe outside the /Languages/ folder is not recommended, as you will have to associate it again (with the special button)
Translating: important tips
1. Choosing the base language
You need to choose the language from which you will do your translation. By default it is "English".
2. Specifying the name for your langpack
Enter your desired name for the langpack. It will be shown in the "Language" section of W:A Options menu.
3. Specifying lang ID, collision issues
You must specify an ID for your langpack. Write your own ID in the "ID" box, or press the "R" button to generate a random one instead. Please note that you should not use IDs from 0 to 8, as they are occupied by built-in languages, and your langpack will replace the affected language. IDs from 0 to 8 are only needed when you want to complete/correct some untranslated (or not) strings in a built-in language (for example, French has untranslated Advanced menu) - then input the corresponding ID and confirm to the warning window. Also note, that you should not put an ID which is listed in this list, as this will cause the problems to people which want to use several langpacks at a time (collision error when starting W:A).
4. Translating process
Begin translating. Choose the desired string and write your translation in the second text field (in the bottom). To finish writing and mark as "translated", press Ctrl+Enter, and you will be switched to the next string. You may also press Ctrl+Up or Ctrl+Down for fast navigation between the strings (it will also mark your current string as "translated" if there was some text inside). The first string (i.e. 01000000) doesn't need to be translated.
Latin and cyrillic letters
Please note that only supported characters will be shown up in the game. There will be no problem if you input an unsupported (extra-latin or extra-cyrillic) letter in your translation, as they will be automatically replaced by the similar ones in the game. Greek, hebrew, arabic, chinese and other alphabets aren't supported.
Special symbols and variables
Please keep all the special symbols and variables that you see during your translation. Examples: %s, ☺, ☻, etc. They are needed to show up, which worm (or something else) is affected during the game. The ☺ and ☻ can also be written by pressing Alt+Numpad1 and Alt+Numpad2 respectively.
In-game pop-up messages (i.e. comments)
You may meet some "<<GROUP>>" strings when translating. These are in-game comments, grouped together. The groups are free - you can adjust or delete strings inside them by pressing "+" or "-" buttons respectively. The more elements in group - the more random is their appearance in the game.
There is a button, called "Unlock special functions". You shouldn't touch this. These functions are used to add new strings, groups and delete strings. This is for the case if something new appeared in the next W:A Beta release, and isn't present in old Langpack Editor. I don't recommend to use them. The "deleted" strings will still appear in the game as those which they were in the Base Language.
5. Saving and testing
Once you are done with your translation, save it by clicking "Save" into the /Languages/ folder of W:A directory. Then open WA and find it in your Options menu. Please ensure that everything in your translation seems to be fine, then feel free to send me your langpack.
WA Localizer is written on C++, and the module itself is open-source. The editor's source code may be available for download a bit later.