Make Ubuntu speak your language: a call for Ubuntu translations on the phone

David Planella david.planella at
Tue Jan 14 19:03:56 UTC 2014

Hi Translators,

I'm forwarding the [call for translations from the original blog post][1]
to the list.

It's going to be one of the most exciting years in the history of Ubuntu.
We're seeing innovation and stunning work across the board, and a huge
momentum and interest from OEMs and carriers to ship a phone with Ubuntu,
with already a confirmed partner.

With our favourite OS expanding to yet another order of magnitude, every
contribution is becoming even more important. And with phones shipping all
over the globe, multilingual support and Ubuntu translators are going to be
one of the keys to Ubuntu's success.

In the same way you've helped us bring an excellent localized experience to
the desktop throughout the years, we now need your help ensuring the phone
reaches that level of excellence too. Once more, you can bring Ubuntu on
phones to millions in their language.

To make it easier to focus on the most important parts, here's a summary of
the main Ubuntu components that can be translated in Launchpad, our
collaborative translation tool.

And if you're new to translating Ubuntu, you can also help! [Check out our
Translations Quickstart guide >][2]

## Unity and scopes

Unity is essentially Ubuntu's UI, and version 8 is what is currently
running on the phone and will ultimately run on all form factors once we
achieve full convergence.

By translating Unity, the most visible user interface parts will appear in
your language. Scopes are also part of Unity, and enable bringing content
to users in a natural and organized way.

*   [Translate Unity >][3]
*   [Translate the Unity scopes >][4]

## Indicators

Indicators are another Unity technology that enables quick access to system
settings that you access every day, such as networking, location, sound,
etc., as well as the messaging menu. Translating indicators will localize
their menus when you swipe from the top edge.

*   [Translate the Bluetooth indicator >][5]
*   [Translate the Date and Time indicator >][6]
*   [Translate the Power indicator >][7]
*   [Translate the Sound indicator >][8]
*   [Translate the Network indicator >][9]
*   [Translate the Location indicator >][10]
*   [Translate the Messages indicator >][11]

## Core and system apps

You can think of core and system apps as being the same thing: a set the
essential apps every user would expect preinstalled on their devices.
Translating core apps, you'll make it possible to have a richer localized
experience with clock, camera, weather, calculator and more.

*   [Translate core apps >][12]
*   [Translate system apps >][13]
*   [Translate the System Settings app >][14]

## Testing translations

With the addition of multiple supported form factors, testing is important
not only to ensure that translations are correct, but also that they fit in
UI components of different widths. So please double-check that long texts
fit in in the smaller factors such as the phone.

Translation testing on a running phone or on the emulator deserves an
article of its own, so please stay tuned for the next update coming soon.

Happy translating!


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the ubuntu-translators mailing list