On 06/02/2018 Ahmad Alawsie wrote:
I have managed, in the last week or so since registering for the Pootle service, to 
complete translating & reviewing the last 5000ish words remaining for the 
Arabic language, and now I am wondering what happens.

Thanks! Now what should normally happen is... well, let me divide theory and practice.

Theory: we import your translation from Pootle into SDF files. See https://fosdem.org/2018/schedule/event/ode_localization/ (from last week) for the process overview. Then you and someone else verify that the translation works well on some test builds. Then we add it to supported languages and the next version is distributed in Arabic too.

Practice (all of these issues are not for Arabic but for all languages, since we have been reviving the project but there is still a lot of work to do): Pootle is not aligned with the latest code; being 100% in Pootle does not mean that you are OK for the next (say, 4.2.0) release, and unfortunately it is not aligned perfectly with 4.1.5 either. I anticipate a large number of problems when we try to build the SDF file. I've been trying the same for French and Portuguese, two languages that I can read much better than Arabic, and I still have issues. So we will need to be in contact about all the broken strings and check why they are broken, one by one: it may be that the translation is broken, but in the Portuguese case the translation in Pootle is correct and the export is faulty, or at least this is where the latest investigations are leading.

So on the website: https://www.openoffice.org/ar/ .... it mentions how the 
translation of the user interface is at 94%

It can stay since the Help is still untranslated, as Keith pointed out. Actually the fact that the help is untranslated could even be an advantage, since if I recall correctly the issues with French and Portuguese are all in the Help.

 will the Arabic language be made available for the newest version of 

That is the aim. As explained above, it still needs work on our (mine) side, on your side in response to that, and possibly on the infrastructure side to fix the export. All of us are volunteers, so things take time. But with a bit of patience we can manage.

Do you have any recent 64-bit Linux systems available for testing? In that platform I can provide builds myself so we can skip some steps. If you only have Windows/Mac available, someone else must do the builds and this needs more coordination.


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