Archive for December, 2007

consistency of translations

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

one of the translation aims is to provide consistency of terminology. some translation teams have glossaries to achieve this (german, french, for examples). however, reality bites.
i’ve started to use the wonderful Open-Tran.eu project to search for inconsistencies – enter an english term and see the results from the po files of the different GNOME modules. the german po files have at least five different translations of “website”, and also inconsistent translations of strings like “page setup”, “scrollbar”, “mount”, “eject” or “select”, to mention a few i’ve searched for. perhaps other languages have a smaller variety of expressions that one can translate a string to, but i thought this information could be useful to share.

Google’s Highly Open Participation – propose your task!

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

vincent already blogged about the Google Highly Open Participation Contest (GHOP).
it is a contest similar to google’s summer of code, but for high school students and with much smaller tasks in any fields like documentation, translation and code. the average amount of time to be spent for a task should be about three days.

we were overwhelmed by the number of interested students that want to contribute to GNOME, and many tickets have already been claimed and/or completed (the entire list of non-completed GNOME tasks is available here).
for example, some folks are working on nepali and romanian translation, fix some mnemonic bugs, or remember maintainers to update POTFILES.in when adding new tasks. nice side-effect: we now have patches for every module to complete the migration to the LINGUAS file, so maintainers please get those patches in!

if you are a gnome hacker, have an idea about a possible task, want to guide a student to fulfil it and perhaps also want to get new contributors for your project/area, propose new tasks and enlarge the GNOME community! because “we’re eager to see other people jumping in and have new task suggestions that we can approve.” yay!

Tam, kde slunce nezapadá.

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

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Crossclub v Praze, říjen 2007.