Calling for Server Guide reviewers/contributors - - TRUSTY

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph lyz at
Wed Jan 8 23:25:44 UTC 2014

On Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 6:09 AM, Peter Matulis
<peter.matulis at> wrote:
> On 01/03/2014 01:18 PM, Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM, Doug Smythies <dsmythies at> wrote:
>>> However, I think item 7, translations and the overall workflow is
>>> the unknown at this time, and could be a major hurtle or even a
>>> show stopper. We need to estimate that part of the project for
>>> feasibility, person hours, and potential timeline for implementation.
>>> Myself, I would put a hold on items 1-6 for now.
>>> Myself, I do not know how to even start looking into item 7, but
>>> I'll help if possible.
>> Huge +1 here. This is an LTS release and I'm not sure this is the best
>> time to take upon this major overhaul given the amount of time
>> involved and the uncertainty about translations. Translations are very
>> important, particularly in an LTS, and we do a great disservice to our
>> translations volunteers if we do this without a plan for them, or
>> otherwise abruptly change things for them. How ever we do this, it's
>> likely that all strings will be shown as modified and they'll have to
>> begin translations from scratch rather than just updating changed
>> strings.
>> I'd feel much better doing this for 14.10, when it's a bit less
>> important to have a solid, translated documentation for release.
> As we know, there is a chorus that goes up at every UDS that says we
> should change away from XML but no one ever did anything.  I decided to
> push forward with this in order to i) see what would be involved and ii)
> provoke reactions from people.  From what I can see I've achieved both
> goals.
> It would be great if a knowledgeable person from Translations could get
> in contact with me about the impact this transition would have for them.

Your best bet is probably the translators mailing list:
ubuntu-translators at

I've also included David Planella in the Cc: to see if he can give
some feedback (he's worked with the translations teams for several

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