BabelKit - Multilingual Code Description Lookup Table
BabelKit is an interface to a universal multilingual code
description lookup table.
BabelKit takes all of the programming work out of maintaining
multiple database code definition sets in multiple languages.
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The code administration and translation page lets you define new virtual code tables, new languages, enter all codes and their descriptions and then translate them into all languages of interest.
Perl and PHP classes retrieve the code descriptions and automatically generate HTML code selection elements in the user's language. This makes internationalization and localization of web sites and database interfaces much easier.
Do some live data entry! Make up new code sets.
Add new languages. Enter some new codes and translate them.
Have fun. Cleaned up automatically once a day.
BabelKit HTML Select Demo
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This shows off multilingual HTML select elements.
Make some selections and then change the display
language to watch BabelKit strut its stuff!
All without an ounce of programming. Well, maybe
one ounce. You do have to call BabelKit :-)
BabelKit is available here
as free software in PHP and Perl.
The current version is BabelKit-1.07.
Contact the author
to report bugs, request features, or for
and programming assistance.
BabelKit Documentation Set
Here is the
requirements and FAQ and the
concepts and features overview.
BabelKit Translation Read Only Mode
Take a look at the
code administration and translation interface
in read only mode with clean demo data.
Code description lookup tables are an important part of any database. They define the choices available for codified fields and supply the human readable descriptions for display purposes.
However, the naive approach of creating one new database table for each code description set involves a large software complexity overhead, especially when the descriptions need to be maintained in multiple languages.
I have designed and programmed many universal code tables during my career. A universal code table places all of the code tables into a single database table. That single universal database code table hosts as many virtual code tables as desired with no schema changes or coding.
BabelKit is an implementation of a universal
code table which is also generalized in the language
dimension. This supports internationalization
and localization of any database.
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