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

asked 2016-05-12 20:30:30 +0200

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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: When will I be able to see the language strings on my device?
A: Ping @martonmiklos with a mention if you would like to have an rpm to be built and/or published from your language. For short term the localization packages will be published on OpenRepos. You could also manage the RPM build for yourself. Here you can find the scripts used for building the current packages.

Jarkko, Pami, & Sim
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) - @WilliePre
• Belarusian (Taraskievica)
• Bulgarian - @deloptes, @HeinrichJolla, spaceumko
• Catalan - Download - @juzzz
• Dutch (Belgium) - @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)
• Ukrainian - @Igorion, @Teodor
• Vietnamese - @Beo96
• Welsh

Officially supported
Will be selectable on devices, and factory flashed in future new products, that's why it needs to hit 100% during every translation round in order not to delay updates
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
• 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

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

launchpad ( 2016-05-13 16:17:10 +0200 )edit

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

martonmiklos ( 2016-05-15 22:26:25 +0200 )edit

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

darius ( 2016-05-17 12:36:06 +0200 )edit

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

sledges ( 2016-05-25 13:18:11 +0200 )edit

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

ApB ( 2016-05-25 16:45:57 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-05-12 23:39:11 +0200

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updated 2016-05-12 23:39:11 +0200

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bg is in the EU and there are 2 differentkeyboards already available in warehouse. also it has some upvotes here

misc11 ( 2016-05-12 23:43:38 +0200 )edit

Hi @misc11! Keyboard layout requests/submitting is done here: I just spoke to Pekka, he confirmed that it is possible to have two layouts (e.g. one country's official, and the other used by the most people :D ) I have the same situation with Lithuanian :)

sledges ( 2016-05-25 13:21:57 +0200 )edit

@sledges hey, i know. i just mentioned the keyboards to show there is already community support for this language.

misc11 ( 2016-05-25 15:04:27 +0200 )edit

sure, but what I'm saying is that if you go that little extra step and email those files to Pekka, bg keyboard can be included in as soon as the sfos upgrade after next ;)

sledges ( 2016-05-25 15:07:47 +0200 )edit

I did not find Bulgarian keyboard in the phone I installed the one from openrepo and it works just fine

deloptes ( 2016-11-23 08:37:26 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-05-12 23:25:23 +0200

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updated 2016-05-12 23:47:20 +0200

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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 +0200 )edit

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

sledges ( 2016-09-23 14:09:16 +0200 )edit

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

pakoR ( 2016-09-23 16:42:27 +0200 )edit

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

sledges ( 2016-09-27 15:48:55 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-05-12 22:18:49 +0200

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updated 2016-05-12 22:19:31 +0200


We already have the Dutch keyboard in Sailfish OS why not translating the whole OS into Dutch? Belgium and the Netherlands are countries within the European Union and since the Jolla Phone is available for the whole European Union it's normally that it also supports all the languages spoken in the European Union.

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Maybe this could be imported?

sledges ( 2016-05-12 22:32:58 +0200 )edit

That would be a nice start!

Dylan Van Assche ( 2016-05-13 09:23:59 +0200 )edit

Yes, please please reuse the available translations! Can't believe this is actually going to happen. Had to look it up, but I 'asked' for this Dec 24 2013: More languages available (Dutch)

I haven't updated the mentioned translation for a couple of months now, but the sources should be up to date.

Jarno ( 2016-05-13 12:08:37 +0200 )edit

We need to export those strings from transifex as .ts, then I'll see if those can be converted/imported into pootle at ease or with some processing.

Pootle stores "po/" directory with the following format: "po/app_name/lang_ID/*" , e.g. po/sailfish-browser/en_GB/{sailfish-browser.ts,settings-sailfish-browser.ts}

sledges ( 2016-05-13 12:14:52 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-05-12 21:14:04 +0200

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updated 2016-05-12 21:14:22 +0200

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More than 80 million ppl around the globe speak Turkish. Sailfish devices are available and popular in countries with large Turkish communities.

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As a native Turkish speaker and Sailor, I would be happy to coordinate incoming Turkish translations =)

jiit ( 2016-05-16 10:51:19 +0200 )edit

I also would like to give a hand to the translation in Turkish language

h.sarialtin ( 2016-05-16 21:06:44 +0200 )edit

I can also contribute for the Turkish language.

Asın bayrakları :D

HtheB ( 2016-09-23 18:12:51 +0200 )edit

Great! All it takes to simply contribute, just go to pootle and suggest, job done :D Thanks!

sledges ( 2016-09-27 15:50:03 +0200 )edit

Hi, I'm native Turkish speaker and a Sailfish user/fan. I've been involved in many localization work, including KDE, various other applications (last one: Zabbix) and games (last one: Remnants of Naezith). I'd be happy to be a coordinator for Turkish language.

I've started to translate Jolla phone user guide into Turkish in 2013, but I couldn't finish it. Now I'm actively using Sailfish and I can spare some time to localization work of Sailfish itself :)

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answered 2016-05-12 20:31:17 +0200

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Hi! I'm Lithuanian and also very proud to work for Jolla! Been asked by my friends and family that they'd love to see and use Sailfish OS in Lithuanian, so would like to nominate myself as a candidate to coordinate Lithuanian translations: engage my compatriots to help translating, discuss those tough-to-localise IT terms, and accept the best translation for a given string, if many variants come up :)

sledges ( 2016-05-12 20:31:47 +0200 )edit

Came here to support Sledges !!! Hype hype ! Visokeriopos sėkmės :)

ly3tp ( 2016-05-13 11:21:35 +0200 )edit

I have received my jolla tablet and I really wish to see lithuanian language support there. At least so I could type lithuanian letters using built in keyboard. Sékmés!

antanas ( 2016-05-14 08:20:56 +0200 )edit

Hi. I am Lithuanian, waiting for my Jolla C. My wife uses Jolla phone.

I would like to participate translating Sailfish OS to Lithuanian language.

I have got translation experience in the fields technical equipment and natural sciences. Have no direct experience in software translations, but this field interests me as well.

Ta_das ( 2016-06-16 12:35:33 +0200 )edit

@sledges When Lithuanian translation will go on and when it could be ready? It seems has been stagnating more than a year. Can I help more with it?

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answered 2016-05-12 20:31:06 +0200

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updated 2016-09-28 17:25:40 +0200

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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 +0200 )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 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

I can help with Malayalam as well and some Hindi.

lal ( 2016-05-16 20:10:20 +0200 )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 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-05-12 20:30:52 +0200

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updated 2016-05-12 20:51:05 +0200

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Artificial languages (Pirate, Klingon, ...)

At Jolla we are still assessing the possibility to have such languages that do not have their own POSIX locale definition (meaning that days of week, month names etc would not get localised). If you are an expert in such integration, let's work together! Here's the first link I got from fledermaus on #sailfishos IRC: on the subject, yet still nothing about the POSIX itself (think localegen)

In the worst case we'll just resort to UK English for the locale-related bits...

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