Launchpad translations

Matthew Rossi matthew.penguincentral at
Thu Oct 11 11:52:17 BST 2007

Well, I could say that my rant finally paid off, but I am 100% sure that
this was brewing before I wrote the rant.

On 10/11/07, Alan Pope <alan at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We have previously discussed how it would be useful if we could manage
> translations of subtitles in rosetta (launchpad). I have discussed this
> with one of the LP developers and he seems positive that we can do
> something to make life easier. They're a bit busy right now, but asked
> me to come back to them next week - which I will do.

Yeah, we need to build an ubuntu campus and make our volunteer efforts our
day-to-day jobs, they'd have more time to do stuff.  Now that's a fun way to
earn a salary ;) (That was a joke.  The current system works really really
well, and the idea of an Ubuntu Campus is sort of stupid.)

LP uses .po files in Rosetta, and of course we use .srt files. So
> initially we can't just upload the .srts to LP and use the translation
> system there. We need to convert the files, and importantly maintain the
> timecode information in the process.

The world will never have one standard for anything.  There will always be
competing formats.

In order to get that conversion code directly in LP there would need to
> be specification, approval, implementation and regression tests,
> testing, deployment. So we're not going to do that initially. Instead
> we'll use external tools to do the conversion.
> That means the process would go something like this..
> * Screencast made
> * Screencast transcribed into .srt
> * .srt converted to .po
> * .po uploaded to a project in launchpad
> * Translation done to multiple other languages
> * Translated .po files downloaded and converted back to .srts
> * .srt files uploaded to site.

Well, let's try it and see how we go, eh?

Hope that makes sense. I will keep you updated on the progress.
> Cheers,
> Al.
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