In my web application, we want to allow users to provide custom text for simple automated messages, in which they can provide variables that will be filled in automatically. To give an example in English, it might look like this:
- Possible variables in English: @pet @groomer @time @owner
- User provides this text: "Hi @owner, please confirm your grooming appointment for @pet with @groomer at @time."
- An example auto-generated message: "Hi Rebecca, please confirm your grooming appointment for Fido with Melissa at 3:30pm."
Because we want this to be user-friendly across languages, I would like to know what kind of fill-in-the-blank variable setup would be somewhat familiar and easy to use in Japanese. Is there some common pattern or symbol that would be the equivalent of the "@" symbol I used in my example?
EDIT: We would ideally like to localize all parts of the text. It might look something like this (minus my mistakes, of course):
- Possible variables in Japanese: ＠（名前） ＠（ペット） ＠（時間）＠（所有者）
- User provides this text: こんにちは、＠（名前）さん、＠（時間）に＠（ペット）の予約を確認してください。
- An example auto-generated message: こんにちは、北本さん、16:00にポチの予約を確認してください。
The idea is that the user would find it easy to type in any message they want, and they can optionally put in placeholders for variable information like names, times, dates, etc. This feature is intended for users who are not necessarily technically savvy. I was hoping there are existing apps in Japan that do this kind of thing already.