Last modified on Mon 20 Feb 2023

Polyglot is an in-house platform for managing translations.

The idea is to have all application strings in one place and share them between platforms. By using polyglot, translations across platforms are consistent, and we remove the chance of developer error when copying the strings in the app.

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Using Polyglot in Android projects

To use Polyglot in an Android project, use the Gradle plugin.

Consult the documentation on the linked page for more details.

Both strings (files called polyglot-v2.xml) and the configuration file (polyglot-config.yml) should be committed to the repository so that the app can be built even with no access to the Polyglot API.

Legacy polyglot

You may find that older Android projects use a Ruby gem called polyglot-cli. You will recognize such projects by the app/polyglot.yml file, which is the configuration file.

All such projects should be migrated to the above linked Polyglot Gradle plugin, since the old API is deprecated and will be shut down in Q1 2017 (planned as of December 2016).

The migration is fairly easy:

  1. Remove app/polyglot.yml and all polyglot.xml string files.
  2. Add the Polyglot Gradle plugin and set it up according to the docs, committing the config and translation files.