Support/playground/l10n/Help wanted/How to localize the SUMO interface

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What are UI strings?

Each element of the SUMO site interface that is text, but not the help content itself - all the buttons and navigation links. The text of each such element is a "string".

We currently have two servers for SUMO:

  1. - our real server, also known as "prod" (short for "production")
  2. - out testing server

The strings you translate on Verbatim are automatically transferred to the testing server, where you can see them in action. The prod(uction) server receives new strings once a week.

Where can I localize strings?

The tool that's used to localize UI strings for SUMO Verbatim - [1]. If you need an introduction into Verbatim, please read [[]]. As always, if you have any questions about Verbatim or support localization, just contact [Michał].

Basic Translation Workflow in Verbatim

Log in or register

The Mozilla Verbatim site is located at [2]. If you have a Mozilla LDAP account you can just log in with your LDAP username and password. Otherwise, you'll have to register for an account before you can login.

Navigate to untranslated strings

  1. Go to the SUMO project at [3].
  2. Click on your language in the overview tab.
  3. Then click on the Translate tab. It will show a directory listing.
  4. Click on the LC Messages directory (that's where the messages.po file is located).
  5. You will now see an overview of the messages.po file. In the summary column the number of words untranslated will be shown as a link. Click that link to be taken directly to the first string that needs to be translated.

Using Verbatim to translate strings

  1. When you are editing a string, just type your translation in the box to the left of the English string.
  2. Click Suggest. If you are an Approver, you can instead click Submit. You will then be taken to the next string that needs translating.

Verbatim tips & tricks

  • You can copy the English string over to the translation box by clicking the Copy button.
  • You can move forward and back through the strings by clicking the Skip and Back buttons.
  • You can navigate directly to a particular string by clicking its string number on the far left.
  • You can mark a translation as Fuzzy if you think there could be a better way to say something. This will make it easier to find and update later.
  • You can add notes about a particular string in the Translator Comments section.
  • When translating a string with both singular and plural forms, you will see two boxes on the right hand side. The box for the singular form is labeled Plural Form 0 and the box for the plural form is labeled Plural Form 1.

How can I become an Approver?


Tasks for people with Approver privileges

Review suggested strings

  1. Click on the Review tab. It will show how many strings are waiting for review under the messages.po file.
  2. Click on the suggestions link and it will take you to the first string that needs to be reviewed.
  3. You can accept the suggestion by clicking the green checkmark.File:6c14e9d9d9bbccd53c15c6d58fee0104-1273124461-414-1.jpg
  4. You can reject the suggestion by clicking the red X.

Commit to VCS to publish your changes

Once you've translated some strings, you can push them to the VCS. {note}Note: Once your changes are in VCS they should show up on in about an hour.{/note}

Edit messages.po in an external application

  1. Once you log in, click on your language in the overview tab.
  2. Then click on the Translate tab.
  3. To download messages.po click the download link under the file listing.File:6c14e9d9d9bbccd53c15c6d58fee0104-1273124516-435-1.jpg
  4. Once you've finished your edits, you'll need to upload your file to VCS.File:6c14e9d9d9bbccd53c15c6d58fee0104-1273124540-159-1.jpg
  5. Click "Browse..." and select your file.
  6. Choose an upload setting:
    • Overwrite the current file if it exists.
    • Merge the file with the current file and turn conflicts into suggestions.
    • Add all new translations as suggestions.
  1. Finally, click Upload.