Annoucement: New translation status page is installed

Sharuzzaman Ahmat Raslan sharuzzaman at myrealbox.com
Fri Jun 25 07:47:36 UTC 2004


Lauri Nurmi wrote:

> Making a good translation is not as easy as many people would think. The
> translator needs to have very good skills both in English, AND his/her
> own language. It is not enough, if you know English pretty well and know
> how to use an editor. Also, being very eager to participate does not
> mean that one has the capability for it. The majority of people probably
> could not make a good translation if they tried.
> 
> Therefore, it is safe to assume that a newcomer translator who pops out
> of nowhere is not capable of translating well enough. I am not saying
> this is always the case. Of course there can be newcomers who are good
> right from the beginning.
> 
> The newcomer does have the right to participate. However, if such a
> person enters a project, and starts committing bad translations (ie.
> inconsistent, grammatically bad, etc), it can lead to some consequences.
> 
> Assuming there have been an active team/person doing the translation,
> they may become annoyed seeing some group of untalented newcomers
> messing with their translations. Being annoyed, they may dump the whole
> project and let the newcomers continue. Which could lead to general
> deterioration of the translation. This, in turn, could lead to end users
> choosing another language, as they cannot stand the translation.
> 
> The scenario which I described above is a rather pessimistic one, yes.
> In general, new translators are welcome to participate. Still, in my
> opinion, they should at least be asked to write to the mailinglist of
> their language before they start, or to contact the previous translator
> of the file.
> 

Good point here. I would like to suggest another enhancement to the system.

List out the name and email of people who are currently actively 
translating for a particular language. Example for Malay language, its 
me and Hasbullah Pit. It will help newcomer to seek guidance and 
information regarding the translation process and quality control.

A simple team page (like the one in KDE) would be better.

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Sharuzzaman Ahmat Raslan





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