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Join the openSUSE Proofreading Team

August 7th, 2008 by

We are about to establish a new openSUSE team – the Proofreading Team. This team wants to check new software strings before translator will start there work. If you are interested in improving program messages and have a good knowledge in (American) English, feel free to join this team!

For more information, look here or send Karl an email to ke at suse dot de

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8 Responses to “Join the openSUSE Proofreading Team”

  1. Erlend

    > This team wants to check new software strings before translator will start _there_ work

    Is this a qualification test? :-)

  2. Grósz Dániel

    What would also be useful for almost all software projects is not to just give the translators a word list that they translate without knowing the context but somehow translate messages knowing where they appear. Lots of stupid messages could be avoided (especially in languages with significantly different grammar from English).

    • Mike

      Grósz Dániel: Yes, that would be useful. Some of the pot files already supply a little bit of context in the comments, e.g. in x11.pot:

      #. translators: this string is used in the context of fetching a configuration setting from the system
      #: src/autoyast/dialog/autoDialog.ycp:108
      #, fuzzy
      msgid “Fetch from system”
      msgstr “”

      But it’s not consistently done. I don’t know how much of this depends upon upstream developers either. Perhaps it’s a best-practice suggestion that could be made to projects? I can’t think of a way for openSUSE to address it without detailed analysis of where each string is used.

      • Grrósz Dániel

        Yes, unfortunately a completely different translation system would be needed that displays the strings where they belong and this cannot really be solved in the currently used translation systems. On the other hand many mistakes could be spotted by just looking through the menus and other visible texts of the translated application.

  3. John

    I would love to help you edit your text into English.

  4. Jon Robison

    Coitenly! I’ll help. And for those who don’t get the reference, that’s Curly from the Three Stooges.

  5. Curtis Ekstrom

    I’d also be willing to join. Just wondered if anyone knows how to get a pot file editor working under kde 4.1. Lokalize won’t install for me because of a dependency error (libqt4-backend-mysql or something like that) I saw that the files can be updated through the terminal with the svn co commands, so maybe an editor on the hardrive isn’t necessary?

    Also, how difficult would it be to develop a program which displays all possible text locations giving proofreaders the ability to see physically where the messages will appear (and therefore which proofreading/grammar rules apply). Maybe programmers could enter a simple number as a tag, coded to be the equivalent in such a program of the position of the text, resulting in less work for everyone.