How can one translate QGIS processing scripts GUI and user messages to other languages ?

The QGIS documentation explains how to translate Python plugins, but not processing scripts.

  • I don't understand how that could possibly work. You can't change the script language - it's a programming language, not a natural language. You can't translate it, unless you rewrite it in a different programming language.
    – jbalk
    Nov 23, 2021 at 19:52
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    We're talking about internationalization support here : processing script description, full name, text displayed to the user, ...
    – bonzinor
    Nov 24, 2021 at 19:06

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There might be better ways to achieve this, but if it's only for a handful of additional languages you can do something like this:

from qgis.PyQt.QtCore import QSettings

settings = QSettings()

description = 'description in English'
if settings.value('locale/userLocale')[0:2] == 'de':
  description = 'description in German'

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    Thanks for your answer. It's a good workaround for the description text, but it's too heavy to set up for log messages and parameters names.
    – bonzinor
    Mar 11, 2022 at 12:59

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