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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
- 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 unrealistic, but some translations are a year out of date (Swedish,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:
> Best regards,
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