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From: Og Maciel <ogmac...@gnome.org>
Date: Thu, May 21, 2009 at 4:03 AM
Subject: [LXDE Translation] Improving the translations workflow with Transifex
To: "The mailing list for translators of LXDE and its components."
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Hello there fellow LXDE users, translators and supporters!

Roughly about a month ago Martin Bagge mentioned that we were
researching the possibility of using Transifex as a translation
platform for all of the LXDE components. That is not to say that our
Pootle server won't be around, but we felt that our translators could
benefit from a few handy features that Transifex has to offer.

So what exactly is Transifex you may ask? I guess the best way to
describe it is as a bridge between source code that needs to be
localized and people who know how to translate it. But that was a
rather simple description of what this amazing tools does! I could go
on and on about the cool features, but for this post I'll try to keep
it simple and go directly to the point.

For the administrators: Nothing needs to be done! That's right,
nothing! No more local user accounts, ssh keys and all of that
nonsense! Put your feet up and relax!

For the translators: At first glance it may seem like there is yet
another entry point for you to do your work, but bear with me for a
bit. If you love how Pootle works and that does the trick for you,
then nothing has changed. The same goes for those who like me have
direct commit access and like to use the command line! Keep up the
good work! However, if you crave for some some type of management and
up to the second information about your translations, then you're
going to enjoy what Transifex has to offer!

As I mentioned before, Transifex acts like a bridge between your
source code and translators. It doesn't really matter what type of
versioning control system is used to store the source code (by the
way, we use subversion). All this tool needs to know is: where does
the code live, who is entitled to work on translations, and if
translations that are uploaded can be automatically committed
upstream.

So your job as a translator will be:

  1. to create a (free) account in the Transifex server;
  2. associate yourself with the LXDE project and the specific
language you want to work on;
  3. and use the web interface to reserve a file for translation.
This file can then be downloaded and translated offline and then
submitted back via the same interface. The translation is then
validated and committed upstream into the official repository.

If you are responsible for managing one of the language teams or just
want to make sure you know what is happening with the project as a
whole, you can choose to be notified every time someone reserves a
file for translation, writes down a comment, reviews someone's work,
or a commit takes place. Since people will have to reserve a file for
translation, you can make sure that no two people work on the same
file at the same time, in the end saving time, headaches and
redundancy. Best of all, since your work can be committed
automatically when you upload your translation, you can see in real
time your progress and that of your teammates.

In the next few weeks we will have a LXDE project officially set up
and hosted by our friends from the Transifex project and we will then
make a call to arms so that those who want to use this new platform
can get the proper permissions configured, but I kindly ask everyone
to wait until we make another announcement here.

In the meantime, keep up the excelente work you've  been doing and let
us know how we can make your lives easier! Comments, concerns and
suggestions are more than welcome!

Sincerely,
--
Og B. Maciel

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