Proposed string freeze exceptions

Milo Casagrande milo at
Mon Oct 5 17:16:50 UTC 2009

2009/10/5 Matthew East <mdke at>:
> Yes, that's true. But by way of compensation - you would have helped
> to find a bug and to have it fixed, and the re-translation of such
> strings would be necessary in any event! The majority of strings won't
> change, especially those which don't have bugs...

Agree, but still, I think that doing it during/after string freeze is
not right. I have always thought that translators are also the best
reviewers around, but if we relay only on translators to do the review
process, well, I think there is something wrong here.

I would really be happy to help out with the review process, but not
in this period.

I speak for my team: we need to do review of others' translations, and
it's a really time consuming activity due also to the fact that there
is no really review interface in Launchpad, and translating docs is
even harder than translating the UI since, at least for my language,
you need to have the big picture in front of you and adapt the

> I would say that this would be best implemented as a "soft"
> documentation freeze which we could implement on our own, without
> reference to the main release cycle timetable. So we could specify
> that major new documents or sections should be ready by UI Freeze, and
> then the remaining period should focus on updating existing
> documentation and fixing bugs.

I would say for "Beta Freeze", so that gives exactly 1 week for
review, and this one will not be a "string freeze", but more a "new
content freeze". Usually for beta you have almost everything in place
and on beta release you will enter  the real "string freeze".

> This is something that we've discussed
> in the past but has never really caught on, perhaps because it's
> difficult to enforce it, as most work tends to be done during the end
> of a release cycle!!

You only need to write it on the release schedule to enforce it! :)

This all, IMHO.


Milo Casagrande <milo at>

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