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Meeting Details

  • 9:00 AM Mountain View Time (UTC -7)
  • 650-903-0800 x92 Conf# 206 (US/INTL)
  • irc.mozilla.org #l10n-drivers for back channel
  • (notetaker: stas/sethb)


Pike, sethb, pascalc, gandalf, Wil, stas, juanb

Meeting Notes

Firefox 3.6 post-mortem


Time to fix strings isn't really dependent on the amount. We had 9 strings for final string freeze, and some 30+ for the one leading up to B1. The pace for B1 was faster though (a good week to 50-50) than for B2+ (almost two weeks). The final freeze showed a two-step decline, with two 'exponentials' following each other. B1 wasn't that clear.

Pain points:

signoff still via mails
lots of noise, tricky to get right
branching off of l10n-central
most of the time we waited for merging 1.9.1, non-constructive data and test builds

Good points:

signoff app shared
the signoff app ran on the intranet, so at least l10n-drivers could collaborate there, and did
only one locale lost
Kurdish came in so late that we're shipping it as beta now, but apart from that we just lost Mongolian. Sadly, that wouldn't have been necessary with less distracting projects on drivers.


Pain points:

not as clear as in the past. problems to articulate the schedule for the localizers.
unclear schedule
communication issue was caused by the lack of deadlines.
difficult event planning
localizers weren't able to plan meetings and announcements ahead.


Pain points

  • more and more content on mozilla.com
    • variants of pages depending on conditions (browser, os). More difficult for pascal to clone pages for locales.
    • factual errors (after QA)
  • beta/final wasn't clear until very late
  • Indic locales were very slow to respond on web pages
  • Google snippets were slow to publish, late to Google. Google upset about it. Marketing problem?

Good points

  • css, images etc didn't change almost at all (?? didn't hear it)
  • in-product pages done on time for all except ta-LK (still no news from them)
  • 18 localizations of relnotes (never happened before)
  • 20 l10ns of press releases (ditto)
  • 9 new people in Europe that joined just for this release

(No more updates this week, the meeting was all about the post mortem.)

Firefox / Fennec updates

Web L10n