Acme::MetaSyntactic::Locale − Base class for multilingual

    package Acme::MetaSyntactic::digits;
    use Acme::MetaSyntactic::Locale;
    our @ISA = ( Acme::MetaSyntactic::Locale );

    =head1 NAME

    Acme::MetaSyntactic::digits − The numbers theme

    =head1 DESCRIPTION

    You can count on this module. Almost.


    # default
    # names en
    zero one two three four five six seven eight nine
    # names fr
    zero un deux trois quatre cinq six sept huit neuf
    # names it
    zero uno due tre quattro cinque sei sette otto nove
    # names yi
    nul eyn tsvey dray fir finf zeks zibn akht nayn

"Acme::MetaSyntactic::Locale" is the base class for all
themes that are meant to return a random excerpt from a
predefined list that depends on the language.

     The language is selected at construction time from:

1.  the given "lang" or "category" parameter,

2.  the current locale, as given by the environment
    variables "LANGUAGE", "LANG" or (under Win32)

3.  the default language for the selected theme.

     The language codes should conform to the RFC 3066 and
ISO 639 standard.

Acme::MetaSyntactic::Locale offers several methods, so that
the subclasses are easy to write (see full example in


new( lang => $lang )

new( category => $lang )
    The constructor of a single instance. An instance will
    not repeat items until the list is exhausted.

    The "lang" or "category" parameter(both are synonymous)
    should be expressed as a locale category. If none of
    those parameters is given Acme::MetaSyntactic::Locale
    will try to find the user locale (with the help of
    environment variables "LANGUAGE", "LANG" and the module

    POSIX locales are defined as
    "language[_territory][.codeset][@modifier]".  If the
    specific territory is not supported,
    "Acme::MetaSyntactic::Locale" will use the language, and
    if the language isn’t supported either, the default is

    init() must be called when the subclass is loaded, so as
    to read the __DATA__ section and fully initialise it.

name( $count )
    Return $count names (default: 1).

    Using 0 will return the whole list in list context, and
    the size of the list in scalar context (according to the
    "lang" parameter passed to the constructor).


    Return the selected language for this instance.


    Return the languages supported by the theme.

    Return the theme name.

Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages, at

     RFC 3066, Tags for the Identification of Languages, at

     Acme::MetaSyntactic, Acme::MetaSyntactic::MultiList.


Philippe ’BooK’ Bruhat, "<>"

Copyright 2005−2006 Philippe ’BooK’ Bruhat, All Rights

     This program is free software; you can redistribute it
and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.