April 27, 2012 | Posted by Paul
In January we announced the availability of a language crowdsourcing project, the Blesta Translator. The goal of the project is to facilitate the translation of Blesta into many languages, and to ship these languages with Blesta, starting with version 3.
This week we made a few additional changes live, and they are –
- Added Nederlands, NL (nl_nl) to the list of available languages
- Added a machine translation (Google) for reference
- Added “In Order” and “For Confirmation” translation methods
- Added some context to language strings including terms, filename, and type
#2 Machine Translation
The machine translation is available for all translation methods, “Random”, “In Order”, and “For Confirmation”. By default it is not displayed, but will be shown when a link is clicked. The idea is that it may be useful to see the Google translation, but that it shouldn’t be relied on, or copied without forethought.
#3 Additional Translation Methods
The goal of the translator isn’t simply to get translations, but to get good translations.
When different people translate a term identically, it has a higher weight than terms that are only translated by one person. Such terms become “confirmed”, and are trusted to be more accurate. So, the “For Confirmation” translation method displays the best possible translations by other people. One of these translations can be accepted by clicking on it. Alternatively a different translation may be entered like normal.
The “In Order” translation method is pretty self-explanatory, terms are given in alphabetical order with the goal of completing a translation. This means that some terms may be skipped initially until the translation is completed as a whole. Once the translation is completed, terms that were intentionally skipped will be presented.
The end goal is to make several translations available. A version translated wholly by a specific person, a confirmed only translation that may be missing some terms (missing terms are shown in the default language), or a complete translation consisting of confirmed only or both confirmed and unconfirmed terms. The latter are the ones we will include with Blesta by default, but all will be available for direct download in the future.
Thanks for reading! If you know another language, please sign-up and contribute
Video next week? Probably.