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FAQs for the TranslationTool

Questions

Background Info

Tasks for translation work

Problems


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Background Info

What is the Translation Tool? Is it machine translation?

The Translation Tool is an open publishing system to coordinate translations of the indymedia network. It is not about machine translation.

I'm translator. How can I get involved?

WOW! Great :-)) We 've been looking for you!

There are several ways to get involved:

- choose the translation request you like best and translate it. Before you start write a comment to the article you want to translate, indicating that you are going to do it and the target language.

or

- choose a translation that is marked as "for revision" and revise it. After revision drop a note with the revision

or

- help us to translate the user interface of the translation tool (Especially the italian interface needs major work) You will get a password to do this online or a mail with phrases if you want to to it offline (recommended)

or

- help us to write or to translate the documentation (user guides etc.) to other languages. A spanish user guide would be great!

In each case: get into contact with us, we don't bite you. Write an email to translations at indymedia.org or show up on our irc-channel (server irc.indymedia.org, channel #translationtool). IRC - what is it, how to use it

I'm programmer. How can I get involved?

We need urgently people with knowledge of html, css, python, javascript, wiki, Zope, ...

In each case: get into contact with us, we don't bite you. Write an email to translations at indymedia.org or show up on our irc-channel (server irc.indymedia.org, channel #translationtool)

Tasks for translation work

Where is the button to post a translation request?

In the center column of the startpage. It is grey.

Post a translation request

  1. Click on the button "Post a text to translate" right below the center headline
  2. Fill in the the fields of the input form, according to the hints on the left side
  3. Click on the "preview" button to check the appearance of your posting
  4. Click on the "send" button to post
  5. Click on the "ok" button to acknowledge that you posting succeded

-> the result of your posting is presented to you

List all requests that are marked as "To do" in a special language

In case you want to translate to German, English, Spanish , French, Italian or Portuguese:

  1. Click on the corresponding language code (de, en, es, fr, it, pt) below the "To do" icon.

-> The "To do" requests are listed in the center column

In case you want to translate to another language than these 6

  1. Go to the title / language field in the search form of the left column
  2. Enter the corresponding status and language code (eg. "[ko: todo]" for Korean)
  3. Click on the "search" button

-> The "To do" - translation requests are listed in the center column

List all requests in a special source language

  1. Go to the title / language field in the search form of the left column
  2. Enter the corresponding status and language code (eg. "[en: source]" for English)
  3. Click on the "search" button

-> The translation requests with english source language are listed in the center column

List the latest replies to any translation request

  1. Go to the the search form on the left column
  2. Select the radio button with the label "Comments"
  3. Click on the "search" button

-> All comments and replies to any translation request are listed in reverse chronological order in the center column

I found a translation marked as "to do". How shall I tell that I want to do this translation?

When you found your translation, you can open this article by clicking on its title. Add a comment to this article, where you enter your nickname and tell "I'll do it". Give also the target language.

I want to do a translation. How can I make sure that no one else started with the same translation before?

This is exactly the question, this tool was designed for smile

First you have to find a translation request that is marked as "To do".

If you look at the center column of the startpage you see a list of translation requests in reverse chronological order. This list contains all requests, in all source and all target languages, in any phase of the translation process. Forget all the grey requests that have a "Done" icon. It means that the article was translated to all requested target languages. Forget also translation requests that have the "I'll do it"-status. It means that someone started a translation.

You are interested in the "To do" requests. Translation requests for multiple languages stay in the "To do" - status until the last request was fulfilled. So you have to check also the red keyword-line to look for a target language in "to do"-status. A translation to German as target language for example is marked with [de: todo]. If you are able to translate to German, you can take this translation, presumed that the source language suits you aswell. The source language information is also given in the red keyword line with something like [es: source]. If you don't speak spansih, you can click on the [de: todo] entry and will get back a list of all articles that have a todo - request for German - but all kinds of source laguages. If you are looking for another target language than German, you can choose one of the 6 language links below the todo-icon above the center column. They list language specific "todo"-requests for de (German), en (English), es (Spanish), fr (French), it (Italian) and pt (Portuguese).

Problems

I coordinated as you told me but someone else posted a translation on www.indymedia.org just before me.

We don't encourage anymore www.indymedia.org to use the Translation Tool to request the translation of short articles. At the moment (May 2004), there is a form to post the translations of the www.indymedia.org features directly on the site, with no coordination at all. Because of this, it happens that several people work on the same translation, in particular in the hours following the publication of a feature (when a feature has been on line since several days, the risk that 2 translators begin the translation at the same time is smaller). If you want to translate for www.indymedia.org on a regular basis, you can subscribe to the list www-features. You will then be able to translate features and send you translation to the edito team before the features are published.
Topic revision: r14 - 02 Jul 2004, CatalanTranslator
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