ngettext

NGETTEXT(3)                Library Functions Manual                NGETTEXT(3)



NAME
       ngettext, dngettext, dcngettext - translate message and choose plural
       form

SYNOPSIS
       #include <libintl.h>

       char * ngettext (const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                        unsigned long int n);
       char * dngettext (const char * domainname,
                         const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                         unsigned long int n);
       char * dcngettext (const char * domainname,
                          const char * msgid, const char * msgid_plural,
                          unsigned long int n, int category);

DESCRIPTION
       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions attempt to translate a
       text string into the user's native language, by looking up the
       appropriate plural form of the translation in a message catalog.

       Plural forms are grammatical variants depending on the a number. Some
       languages have two forms, called singular and plural. Other languages
       have three forms, called singular, dual and plural. There are also
       languages with four forms.

       The ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions work like the gettext,
       dgettext and dcgettext functions, respectively.  Additionally, they
       choose the appropriate plural form, which depends on the number n and
       the language of the message catalog where the translation was found.

       In the "C" locale, or if none of the used catalogs contain a
       translation for msgid, the ngettext, dngettext and dcngettext functions
       return msgid if n == 1, or msgid_plural if n != 1.

RETURN VALUE
       If a translation was found in one of the specified catalogs, the
       appropriate plural form is converted to the locale's codeset and
       returned. The resulting string is statically allocated and must not be
       modified or freed. Otherwise msgid or msgid_plural is returned, as
       described above.

ERRORS
       errno is not modified.

BUGS
       The return type ought to be const char *, but is char * to avoid
       warnings in C code predating ANSI C.

SEE ALSO
       gettext(3), dgettext(3), dcgettext(3)



GNU gettext 0.20.1                 May 2001                        NGETTEXT(3)