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I've written a plugin that allows users to add information in the database. It runs well but I can't translate the information using WPML. This is a simple example of the problem:

$message = 'test'; // here I get the information of the DB
__($message, 'my-plugin');

Is there a way to workaround this problem? I don't know if we can use a variable instead of a string to translate. When I analize the widget in the Admin panel it don't show the string to translate.

This example works in WPML because is a string: __('test', 'my-plugin');

Thanks in advance.

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__()' and _e(); functions works with placeholders just fine and its a php functions and not a WPML functions, so either i'm not getting the question or it's just poorly stated, can you explain a bit more, what you are trying to do? –  Bainternet Apr 4 '11 at 0:02
    
@Bainternet thanks for your answer, I'm trying to get information from the database and display with the translate functions __() and _e() , but instead of echoing a string like _e('message','myplugin'); I want to echo the information I get from the DB , so I have a variable with the content I get like `_e($message,'myplugin'). This works well, echoing the information, but when I go to the WPML to translate the string it doesn't appear and I can't translate it. –  albertgrala Apr 4 '11 at 9:39
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If you want to have variables in your text to be translated the usual way would be with string formatting like so:

<?php
printf(__("text %s text2."), $message);
?>

with integers:

<?php
printf(__("text %d text2."), $count);
?>

with more then one placeholders:

<?php
printf(__("text %1$s text2 %2$S."), $message, $message2);
?>

but the variable it self will not be translated in no way.

WPML doesn't run the code before __(); or _e(); function it only search the files for them, and that is why when you write something like this:

$message = 'test'; // here I get the information of the DB
__($message, 'my-plugin');

WPML only sees __($message, 'my-plugin'); where $message is empty.

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Thank you very much, I thought this could happen so now I have to change my code using other ways to display the information, maybe using custom post types. –  albertgrala Apr 4 '11 at 11:07
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