- 30 . 06 . 10
Gengo is a multi-lingual plugin for WordPress that has fallen by the wayside. Is there enough interest out there for me to restart development on it?
Gengo, i18n, Plugin, WordPress
Gengo was (and remains) a project that I am very fond of. Originally developed for my own personal use to blog in Japanese as well as English, it turned into a fairly full-featured plugin that was used by quite a few people. Unfortunately, time pressures meant that I had to drop support for it a few years ago. Even so, every few weeks I get an email or comment (usually nothing to do with the post it was written against!) asking me to consider restarting development.
It might just be the alcohol talking, or end-of-financial-year madness, but with WordPress 3.0 recently out and a couple of requests already this week, I’m seriously considering starting development again. I do have a couple of projects I want to do though, so I only want to dedicate time to Gengo if it’s going to be used. My Japanese has sadly diminished to the point where I’m practically mono-lingual again, so I’m not going to be blogging in multiple languages any time soon, and it would purely be for others to use. So, if enough people email me or comment in the next week or so, I’ll give it a crack. Second time around, I’ll hopefully be able to design it more cleanly and more quickly, and WordPress’ plugin architecture hopefully hasn’t changed too much while I’ve been away.
So if you want to see a new version of Gengo, please let me know. On the other hand, I hear very good things about WPML, so If Gengo’s time has passed, feel free to say that too! I won’t have hurt feelings, promise