Submitted to the floor is a Wired article from 2 days ago I came across
The manual of PHP is translated into multiple languages - but what are the
development hurdles of the language itself being multilingual?
From what I understand of the compiler - maybe not that much. The language
requires an opening tag, so we could hook into that like this example for
A PHP opening tag with such a qualifier would change over all function
names and reserved words. Could these would be set on a per file basis?
The php.ini file could set the default language, the .htaccess file could
also on per directory.
I'll stop there cause I know there are problems I haven't thought of. And
I'm not going to argue the syntax I just kicked out from the top of my head
is the best either.
But I think it's worth the effort to at least look into the problem. Wired
has a point - people learn to code faster when they are working with their
own language. One of the stated goals of PHP's design has been
accessibility so this seems to be appropriate.
I yield the floor to those smarter and wiser than I.