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Joergen W. Lang
April 5, 2007 14:45
Re: POD translation status?
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Oh my,

sorry for being so late in noticing this thread. Originally I intended 
to simply have a go at the german translation. Since I am a translator 
(Lama and friends en -> de) and I like Perl I thought it made for me.

After talking to Damian at last year's EuroOSCON I got the impression 
that it might be a good idea to have a platform for the translation first.

So I started perldoc2. Currently we have a huge SVN repository under:

I have collected all the translations I could find and with the help of 
a lot a nice people (especially nekral, phaylon et al) and converted 
them into gettext-po format for easy translation.

We have come to a point where we started to build a platform around the 
data using phaylon's excellent Catalyst knowledge. Due to a lack of time 
(and funding) I had to reroute my energy slightly. So things went a 
little quiet. I know there are quite a few people out there wanting to 
help out (I also thought of involving the .pm groups in a worldwide 
Translate-athon at some stage).

But first there should be a solid foundation. A few options for this exist:

* Rosetta (not really an option)
* Pootle (written in Python)
* perldoc2 (in the making)

The biggest problem with the existing systems is that there are not made 
for the translation of 'big' strings (aka paragraphs) but for 'messages' 
and 'menu items'. Feeding all the stuff I have now into Rosetta would 
make the perl documentation the biggest project (data wise) in there... 
not taking into account that Rosetta is not FOSS.

So maybe I should load all the things I have into my own Pootle server 
so there is at least some kind of repository.

I also have considered going straight for XLIFF so we are more 
future-savvy but we need a way back to .pod.

I envision perldoc2 as an umbrella under which several projects can take 

* create a Perl-based translation platform
* work on perldoc (make it truly multilingual)
* do the translations
* build a community of translators, editors, ...

so much work to do...

I would love to put more time into the project. Any help, ideas, 
offers... more than welcome.


Tels schrieb:
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> Moin,
> On Friday 09 March 2007 17:49:24 Tels wrote:
>> Moin,
>> On Friday 09 March 2007 16:26:29 Robert 'phaylon' Sedlacek wrote:
>>> Good morning,
>>> Tels wrote:
>>>  > is there anyone out there translating the Perl (core) PODs to other
>>>  > languages? What's the status on these translations if they exist?
>>>  > Or does somebody plan to?
>>> There is Joergen Lang's perldoc2[1] project, but I don't know in what
>>> state it is as I didn't have any time for meetings recently.
>>> It aims at the moment at providing a platform to do a translation of
>>> the current core PODs and to keep them maintained and in sync over
>>> time.
>>> [1]
>> Ah, amazing how this entire project went unnoticed by me for so long.
>> Here is a better link:
> And it seems they had the same idea as me, editing the POD inside a wiki.
> All the best,
> Tels

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