Launchpad: Help for new translators

Rubén Díaz outime at
Mon Aug 18 18:31:59 BST 2008


Luckily, Launchpad has one easy interface for the accomplishment of
the translations, so there is no much that to explain. So I think in
this *very basic* scheme:

-> The obvious step: how to get an account, links to another article
talking about, etc.

-> Information about Rosetta: not advanced but not short information.
What Rosetta does? What gettext means? It's free? Can I use it? And
important: the type of permissions. Next point...

-> Start translating: localize the project url in Launchpad, and check
if the translation is being done by someone. As I mentioned before, we
need to explain about permissions and check if the project allow us to
provide "free translation" or we need something (join in a group, for
example). Obviously, we need to say also that the user need to select
the languages where he has knowledge. We remember him also the strings
that need review are important.

-> Ways to stay in touch with the rest: mailing lists, IRC, etc.

Okay, probably I forgot something but can be something for start the
page. I hope this helps.


On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 7:18 PM, Matthew Revell
<matthew.revell at> wrote:
> Hello,
> I work on the Launchpad team looking after communications. I want to
> add a page to the Launchpad help wiki ( that tells
> novice translators what they need to do in order to start translating
> in Launchpad.
> What information do you think is most important for new translators to
> know before they get started?
> I'm hoping this will make life easier both for translation teams and
> new translators.
> Cheers :)
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