The TranslationTool is an open posting system to coordinate and collaborate on translation work in the indymedia network. It is based on Zope and squishdot. Zope is a powerful Web Application Server (see Introduction to Zope) and Squishdot is a bulletin board (or weblog) that is implemented as a Zope-Product. The TranslationTool is just a customization of Squishdot. Zope and Squishdot are written in python and dtml (the dynamic markup language of Zope)

contact: translation at lists dOt indymedia dot org



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  • The channel is #TranslationTool on

Mission Statement and Editorial Policy


(most parts of this are taken from the squishdot homepage)

--> TranslationToolSuggestedFeatures
  • Multilingual user interface (see TranslationToolI18n)
  • Dublin Core Metadata
  • Accounting (users, groups). There are at least 3 distinct roles users or groups could have: one for the moderation of postings, one for the administration of squishdot and one for the administration of Zope. More details
  • moderation options -- both articles and comments moderated; only articles moderated, or no moderation at all
  • search by author, topic, title or words in the article/comment body (based on the ZCTextIndex Tool of Zope)
    • Truncation
    • Field search
    • Boolean algebra
    • Phrase search
    • incremental indexing (as soon as a new document is posted, it gets indexed, so the index is always up to date)
  • automatic article expiration (articles automatically deleted X amount of days after posting)
  • file attachments to articles and comments
  • subject topics -- you can create subject categories to group together related articles
  • subject topic images -- you can optionally associate subject topics to images
  • RSS/RDF channel pages (for content syndication) + RSS/RDF channel page generator + channel cache mechanism
  • posting of plain text, structured text (wiki- syntax) or html
  • posting previews
  • customizable HTML filtering
  • email - notification for moderators (every article and/or comment)
  • email - notification for the author of a posting (every comment)
  • subscribe your mailinglist - get emails whenever a posting is made and a regexp pattern is matched
  • undo - feature for every transaction
  • Clientside-Javascript input form helpers - but Javascript is not necessary to use it
  • GUI-Internationalization
  • XML-RPC support
  • xml-backup or import/export of data and logic


  • Bugtracker (here you can post bugs, navigation or layout problems you detected while using the system)
  • TranslationToolReportBugs (Alternatively to the Bugtracker, you can post bugs, navigation- or layout-problems here)



Subscribe the TranslationTool

How to get automatic eMail-notifications when requests are posted on the TranslationTool: TranslationToolSubscribe

Download and Installation

People can use the TranslationTool without installing any software. If you want to create a similar service like the TranslationTool by your own - here is the information on how it is down: TranslationToolInstall



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Topic revision: r25 - 07 Feb 2005, LinksRhein
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