How to bring community L10n to the maemo platform
Jordi Mas and Guillem Jover have been writing recently in the maemo-developers list about the limitations for localization (L10n) in the maemo platform. They are two of my preferred local heroes and they know well what is to be a user of an unsupported language. Being also a Catalan speaker myself, I don’t need to express my opinions about the current obstacles for community L10n in maemo.
The current system based on logical strings and not on standard open source practices is open for change though, or at least not-closed to changes. In fact I’m willing to push this feature to the maemo roadmap. A problem here are the implications any change has on code, processes, licensing and such. Nothing that couldn’t be done but since the basic L10n is covered, other features tend to get higher priority and attention.
Like in other major features, showing interest, lobbying and providing winning arguments help the internal advocates increasing their priority and relevance in our planning work.
Two questions that float around are:
a) What is the real interest for L10n in the maemo community? What unsupported languages (could) have translators putting pressure, what apps (could) be pushing already L10n forward, what projects like the CJK support (could) be expanding already L10n beyond Nokia’s list of supported languages? (see below)
b) Since the feature is about community translation, should it be complemented by any kind of community tools for translation? How to reuse what is already translated and how to orchestrate the rest. Different open source projects have different ways of organizing translations (see for instance GNOME or Ubuntu). We should find the way suiting our needs best.
So what do you want? What do you need? Getting into details is appreciated. All the better if it’s in a wiki page several people can edit, and that is linked from maemo’s roadmap wishlist.
FYI the OS2008 supports Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English American, English British, Finnish, French, French Canadian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Latin American Spanish and Swedish. The Nokia N810 hardware keyboard has the following variants: English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish-Portuguese and Scandinavian.
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Tags: Catalan, community, L10n, maemo, N810, open source, translation