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[Official announcement] Translate Sailfish OS: elections of community languages & linguists

asked 2016-05-12 20:30:30 +0300

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Q: How can I suggest a new language?
A: Add an answer below, if you have checked it hasn't been requested yet.

Q: My language was added to the translation tool, great thanks! How can others and myself enjoy translating it the most?
A: The answer is here.

Q: My language hasn't been added yet :(
A: Ensure it has a coordinator assigned, and if not, nominate yourself. Then we'll add your language to the tool.

Q: What is a coordinator?
A: The answer is here.

Q: How can I test the translation on my device?
A: Ping @martonmiklos and ask to build an rpm for your language. If desired, the localisation packages will be published on OpenRepos. You could also manage the RPM build by yourself. Here you can find the scripts used for building the current packages.

Jarkko, Pami, Sim, & Community
Your Jolla L10n Team

List of nominated languages :
(in alphabetical order - click on link to vote or volunteer yourself as coordinator for us to add that language)
• Artificial languages (Pirate, Klingon etc)
• Cantonese (Hong Kong)
• Dhivehi (Maldivian)
• Georgian
• Hebrew
• Luxembourgish
• Malay
• Sanskrit
• Serbian (Latin)
• Sorbian (Lower)
• Sorbian (Upper)

Added - @coordinator(s):
• Afrikaans (Southern Africa) - @Nova @WilliePre
• Belarusian (Taraskievica)
• Bulgarian - @deloptes, @HeinrichJolla, spaceumko
• Catalan - Download - @juzzz
• Dutch (Belgium) - Download - @nthn
• Esperanto
• Frisian - @Fjoerfoks (pending Jolla account username)
• Galician - @pakoR
• Indonesian - Download - @fpermana
• Irish
• Japanese - Download - @kenya888
• Korean - Download - @peremen
• Latvian - @akerran
• Lithuanian - @sledges
• Macedonian
• Occitan - @Quenti
• Romanian - @rtr2001, @fnkka
• Serbian (Cyrillic) - @saleki
• Slovak - @zemiacsik
• Tatar - @aserg, rgilmi, Marat_Elmet, @a.khorkov
• Tajik - @Victor Ibragimov
• Thai - @TinLethax (pending Jolla account username)
• Turkmen - @Victor Ibragimov
• Ukrainian - @Igorion, @Teodor
• Welsh

Officially supported
Appear in Settings | Languages, and available in downloadable device images, that's why the progress needs to hit 100% during every translation round in order not to delay SFOS updates. A keyboard also needs to be provided (through this link)
Please volunteer to coordinate them too!
• Chinese (China traditional)
• Chinese (Hong Kong)
• Chinese (Taiwan) - @zerngjia
• Czech - @xmlich02, [help needed]
• Danish - @Louis
• Dutch - @nthn, @Jarno
• English (UK)
• English (US)
• Estonian - @krs, @werdinand
• Finnish
• French
• German - @ejjoman
• Greek - @dglent
• Hungarian - @martonmiklos
• Italian - @fravaccaro
• Languages of India
 • Bengali - @biraj
 • Gujarati
 • Hindi
 • Kannada
 • Malayalam - @drpradeeprkrishnan
 • Marathi - @bhavin192, @vmdhhh
 • Panjabi/Punjabi
 • Tamil
 • Telugu - @kskarthik
• Norwegian Bokmål - @emva
• Polish - @atlochowski
• Portuguese
• Portuguese (Brazil) - @SailFisherMan
• Russian
• Slovenian - @sponka, jbartl, @Filip K.
• Spanish - @carmenfdezb
• Swedish
• Turkish - @jiit, @maidis
• Vietnamese - @Beo96

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... tempted to propose "Bork" : active on users birthdays ;)

launchpad ( 2016-05-13 16:17:10 +0300 )edit

Is there any way to request another l10n related improvements? Like these two issues:

martonmiklos ( 2016-05-15 22:26:25 +0300 )edit

Add Catalan (more tha 7 million people speaks, reads and writes)

darius ( 2016-05-17 12:36:06 +0300 )edit

@darius, please add languages suggestions as answers below, thanks! :)

sledges ( 2016-05-25 13:18:11 +0300 )edit

@sledges Is there an ETA of when the proposed languages will start appearing on the tool?

ApB ( 2016-05-25 16:45:57 +0300 )edit

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answered 2016-05-12 20:31:06 +0300

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updated 2016-09-28 17:25:40 +0300

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Languages of India

We're currently looking at finally adding these to the Community Pootle. As 'Indian languages' is far too broad an umbrella, please create individual answers for each language to which you could contribute.

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Hindi Marathi English India

madhusudan ( 2016-05-13 06:54:15 +0300 )edit

I can help with Tamil Language. But can we know what Indian languages are under consideration please?

anandrkris ( 2016-05-15 09:07:30 +0300 )edit

We won't be able to tell which languages we have covered internally as yet, but once the information is no longer confidential, you will be informed.

jahonen ( 2016-05-16 14:47:47 +0300 )edit

I can help with Malayalam as well and some Hindi.

lal ( 2016-05-16 20:10:20 +0300 )edit

I couldn't find a localisation of Jolla in Bengali (Bangladesh) or bn_BD in Pootle. However, I am interested to get the localisation started! Can we have Bengali in our Pootle please?

Aniruddha Adhikary ( 2016-07-06 15:23:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-13 18:05:40 +0300

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updated 2016-05-13 18:05:40 +0300

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I can help to translate SF in Latvian :)

ljimonad4iks ( 2016-06-28 20:40:29 +0300 )edit

I also can help in translation

iKeivs ( 2016-07-08 15:13:12 +0300 )edit

Volunteer to help or to coordinate, braliukai? ;)

sledges ( 2016-08-24 00:46:35 +0300 )edit

Im here to help! :))

sa1l0 ( 2016-11-03 05:49:53 +0300 )edit

Hi, can I take the role of coordinator for Latvian?

akerran ( 2017-01-23 14:11:02 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-14 12:02:37 +0300

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updated 2016-07-05 23:26:45 +0300

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Serbian (Cyrilic)

Amongst other things, I [saleki] am coordinator or team member for some Meego and Linux apps on Transifex including MeeCast, Tweetian,Qneptunea, Cutegram... I can coordinate translation for Sailfish OS too, both for cyrilic and latin Serbian.

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With Latin Serbian available Sailfish would be one step ahead of Android. Should be preeeetty easy to get an automatic Cyrillic -> Latin transliteration going anyway.

nthn ( 2016-05-14 18:22:38 +0300 )edit

Yes! It's very simple. 1 to 1 character mapping.

saleki ( 2016-05-15 00:47:39 +0300 )edit

Just to be clear, Serbian and Sorbian are two different languages. Thanks :)

saleki ( 2016-05-16 21:58:46 +0300 )edit

Ok. I got coordinator status for unofficial-jolla-translations - Serbian language on transifex. If you want to contact me there my nicknameis is also saleki. Lets start translating and show our will :)

saleki ( 2016-05-27 00:08:15 +0300 )edit

Ok, ready to help, I am from Serbia, will participate. Jolla 1 here, Jolla C ordered.

Also, I was creator of keyboards for Cyrilic and Latin Serbian, but user Penguin done packaging for me. I can take that part also.

branek ( 2016-06-14 15:33:35 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-14 14:58:08 +0300

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updated 2016-05-17 20:58:41 +0300

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I know there only about a hundred Irish users from my Dublin bus app but it'd be nice to have especially if it going to be community translated. I'd certain be willing to lend hand.

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would be willing to help here

coley ( 2017-03-14 15:08:44 +0300 )edit

@ShaneQful, @coley, coordinator role anyone? And I'll then add Irish me hearties :))

sledges ( 2017-03-15 11:52:17 +0300 )edit

@sledges I'll defer to @ShaneQful as he was here first :) or if he doesn't take it up add me.

coley ( 2017-04-11 14:22:21 +0300 )edit

Can we get Irish added soon please?

coley ( 2017-04-26 12:59:57 +0300 )edit

@coley, Irish now is all yours, could you tell me your username in Pootle so I could appoint you as coordinator please? :)

sledges ( 2017-07-11 15:48:20 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-16 12:39:36 +0300

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updated 2016-05-25 15:47:14 +0300

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There's already two working keyboards and an unofficial Korean translation in open repos. This would be a great starting point for this language!

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Hi! Keyboard requests/submissions are done via by sending Pekka an email. Thanks :)

sledges ( 2016-05-25 13:29:31 +0300 )edit

I maintained translations outside of the Transifex - due to some reasons. And I am the author of unofficial translation and one of the Korean keyboard. Now given that there is an official interface, I can gladly take care of it.

Update: looks like there is no coordinator, can I assume the position?

peremen ( 2016-06-02 21:22:26 +0300 )edit

Just made you the coordinator:)

sledges ( 2016-09-23 12:31:09 +0300 )edit

Hi @peremen !

There was a merged PR on github what I have forgotten about:

Do you still want me to release a Korean RPM and deprecate the current one?

martonmiklos ( 2017-05-28 13:03:40 +0300 )edit

@martonmiklos Hi again, I forgot to reply you sooner. Yes, I want to keep sync with other RPMs, and I will publish a transitional package instead.

peremen ( 2017-06-30 23:01:51 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-12 23:25:23 +0300

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updated 2016-05-12 23:47:20 +0300

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Hi, I'm the translator for the Galician language in unofficial-jolla-translations, with 91% complete to version (SFOS 2.0 EA), it would be desirable to import the translation progress in this transiflex project if possible.

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Nice! That link says "Forbidden Access", but I wonder what export options transifex offers. We are using Pootle tool, and I could import .ts files of this format:

sledges ( 2016-05-12 23:28:59 +0300 )edit

It's now there, @pakoR would you like to coordinate? :)

sledges ( 2016-09-23 14:09:16 +0300 )edit

@sledges sure, I can't wait to try to reach 100% ;)

pakoR ( 2016-09-23 16:42:27 +0300 )edit

@pakoR, that's the spirit of the coordinator! You're it, enjoy ;)

sledges ( 2016-09-27 15:48:55 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-06-14 22:29:33 +0300

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updated 2016-08-24 01:00:52 +0300

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Although a small country, even Microsoft added the language :) Why not Jolla also to stand out. Keyboard to be used would be SF or SG like.

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answered 2016-08-10 22:48:08 +0300

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updated 2017-02-04 21:20:23 +0300


My native language is not listed. Georgian is my native language. Sailfish OS does not recognize my native language fonts, nor does it have keyboard for it. I have fonts for my language installed on my nexus 4 Sailfish os and they are working well. Also i created keyboard files for Georgian and it works perfectly in Sailfish OS. here are pictures. There are no big and little letters in my language. Only few of them change with shift key. So here is it With shift pressed image description

Without shift image description

How can i contact jolla comunity or someone who can put this fonts and keyboard in this system. Of course i can make little program to do this but it would be better if OS supported my language natively. WP10, Ubuntu phone and Android do support it.

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If you have a keyboard and you want to contribute contact Pekka Vuorella. See this thread

For the fonts i have no idea.

ApB ( 2016-08-11 11:02:10 +0300 )edit

I contacted him. There are some issues. Fonts for my language do not have licence they are kinda free, nobody knows who made them. You can download them from sites. For example I contacted administrator of that site and he told me this. But looks like they can't add Georgian keyboard to this system. I do not know what to do.

matusala ( 2017-02-04 21:26:32 +0300 )edit

With a high chance of being wrong the font jolla uses is Droid which i think has a Georgian support.

ApB ( 2017-02-04 23:23:30 +0300 )edit

But when i installed SFOS until i had installed these fonts it could not show me many georgian sites text. After installing these fonts it displayed everything that was on georgian on that sites. I do not undartand much in fonds and unicodes but i can tell that if SFOS has georgian fonts it still needs this fonts to fully support my language.

matusala ( 2017-02-04 23:46:55 +0300 )edit

Droid having georgian support and the georgian font being installed in the phone is two different things. If you find Droid Sans Georgian ttf and install it i suspect it will work.

ApB ( 2017-02-04 23:56:12 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-08-11 08:20:00 +0300

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updated 2016-09-23 13:59:54 +0300

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What about Thai language and keyboard?There are more than 60 million people in Thailand and around the world using Thai language.

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Thai added! @Ongkut, would you like to coordinate? :)

sledges ( 2016-09-23 14:19:05 +0300 )edit

Interesting,I'm Thai too.It would great if I can help for translating !

TinLethax ( 2019-01-17 03:38:49 +0300 )edit

@TinLethax, great! I'll make you the coordinator if you send me your Jolla account name, because currently there is none. By the way, even without this role, one can always feel free to create suggestions:

sledges ( 2019-02-01 00:07:03 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-15 06:48:56 +0300

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updated 2016-05-25 13:26:18 +0300

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I never meet or know anyone who use Jolla phone or Sailfish OS in my country, but I [fpermana] would like to help with translations.

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I'd like to help translate it to indonesian

Aguto ( 2016-11-09 22:50:56 +0300 )edit

@Aguto, are you interested to be coordinator?

fpermana ( 2016-11-26 11:41:55 +0300 )edit

yes, i am.

Aguto ( 2016-11-28 23:21:16 +0300 )edit

hi @sledges. I would like nominate myself as coordinator to translate to Bahasa Indonesia. How to do it? Should I create new thread?

fpermana ( 2017-02-09 16:08:02 +0300 )edit

fpermana is not active anymore. can i be the new coordinator?

Aguto ( 2017-08-14 09:02:25 +0300 )edit
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