Call for help to the docs team

Kyle Nitzsche kyle.nitzsche at
Thu Mar 22 15:03:12 UTC 2012

Hi Ubuntu Docs team.

I am following up on David's email to emphasize the importance of his request.

Ubuntu-docs not being ready by the docs freeze significantly impacts our project 
to help ensure that key parts of Ubuntu are translated into Chinese/S for 
mainland China.

The schedule was already very tight: After docs freeze there is a translation 
phase and then a review phase. Given the size of docs (more than 53,000 words) 
there was already not enough time to complete this work by 12.04 release date 
and so we have planned to release language packs containing this work soon 

Given the freeze exception, that already difficult schedule is not achievable 
and therefore I need to think of how to accommodate things.

The best idea is to start translating the parts of ubuntu docs that ARE frozen 
and then add the other parts later.

Therefore: Can you please identify the .page files that ARE done and will not 
change so that we can move forward with this modified approach?

I need this information this week (by 23 Mar) or I will need to make another plan.

Many thanks,

On 03/22/2012 10:04 AM, David Planella wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been speaking to some of the members of the docs team about this
> subject, and after some discussion I thought I'd write to the list to
> keep everyone in the loop and ask for your help.
> Unity documentation not being ready and the recent freeze exception
> affect directly a project in which the Simplified Chinese translation
> community and the Canonical Professional Engineering Services (PES) team
> are currently working on [1].
> In short, Canonical is working with both the Chinese community and paid
> translators to complete the Ubuntu docs package translation, which is
> going to be used in the main 12.04 release and for a critical PES
> project. The original plan was to start the translation work tomorrow
> following the freeze, which will not happen now, so we're trying to do
> the best to adapt to the new situation.
> One area in which the help from the docs team would be extremely useful
> is in pointing out, even if roughly, to:
> - Which documentation pages are most likely to remain unchanged (e.g.
> the GNOME documentation pages)
> - Which documentation pages are most likely to be modified
> - Which documentation pages are going to be newly written (e.g.
> unity-*.page, etc.)
> I am aware of the work Jeremy Bicha and others have started on the
> documentation TODO list [2], but if we could get a somewhat more
> concrete overview in the form pointed above, it would be really useful
> for us, so that we can better schedule the work for this project.
> Thanks a lot.
> Regards,
> David.
> [1]
> [2]

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