← Back to team overview

launchpad-translators team mailing list archive

Re: Dropping old/partial translations



I am working with Jmol project, a free molecule viewer.

We have decided to keep all translations, even if only a small percentage of
the texts are translated.
But we made a few modifications in the software itself :

   - Jmol is mainly used as a Java applet on websites, so the size of the
   applet must be kept as small as possible. We packaged each language in a
   separate .jar file so that a language file is only downloaded if the
   language is used.
   - The language menu only contains languages with a high percentage of
   translations. Other languages can still be used either by following user
   Locale settings, or by commands. We also don't advertise on languages that
   are partially translated

I don't see the problem with translations that haven't changed in a long
time :

   - if original texts haven't changed, the translation is still correct
   - if original texts have changed, you will see the percentage of
   completion go down

Jmol translations : https://translations.launchpad.net/jmol


On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM, Andrew Z <ahz001@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Of course expecting translations to always be at or near 100% is
> unrealistic, but some translations are a year out of date (Swedish,
> Portuguese, Hindi, etc),  10% complete (Lithuanian), 30% complete
> (Serbian).  Advertising support for these languages may be misleading,
> and including them in the distribution adds  size to the installation
> package (that's why on Linux BleachBit cleans localizations).  For a
> few languages I've tried posting "help wanted" jobs at
> SourceForge.net, but without success.
> Is a partial translation better than none?  Any thoughts on dropping
> languages that are older than X days or less than Y% complete?  What
> do other software packages do?
> BleachBit translation status:
> https://translations.launchpad.net/bleachbit/trunk/+pots/bleachbit/
> Best regards,
> Andrew
> _______________________________________________
> Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-translators
> Post to     : launchpad-translators@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-translators
> More help   : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp