Translation of the Built-in Help
Understanding the format of the help
The format of the help is derived from XML and specified in the Understanding and Authoring OpenOffice 2.0 Online Help (pdf) document. Translaters need not know all details. But you have to know, that there exists so named "tags", which describe the structure of the help file. Such tag begins with < and ends with >. There are nearly alway a pair of them, a start tag with a keyword and some attribute=value parts and an end tag with /keyword. Between start tag and end tag is the content, which you have to translate. You must not translate anything inside a tag (besides one exception which is shown later).
Example String 12958811
Choose <emph>Tools - Word Count</emph>.
<emph> is the start tag,
</emph> is the end tag. Do not translate them. You have only to translate the parts Choose and Tools - Word Count.
The tag pair
<emph> … </emph> causes, that the content is emphazised. This is done by showing the content in bold.
In the help you see Choose Tools - Word Count.
Sometimes Pootle shows you only the content, but in other cases you see the tags as well.
Sometimes you see red wave-lines, see picture below. They belong to line breaks in the source file. If they are between an end tag and a start tag, you can ignore them. Such line breaks do not influence how the help text is shown, but are used by the developers to make the source text easier to read.
The line breaks you see in Pootle depend on the width of the browser window and are irrelevant too. Write your text in the input field without any explicit line break. Texts which have to go to different paragraphs are separate records in Pootle.
Strings Used in the Index of the Help
Look at the example string 12958808. The help file has the content
<bookmark xml-lang="en-US" branch="index" id="bm_id3149686"> <bookmark_value>words; counting in text</bookmark_value> <bookmark_value>number of words</bookmark_value> <bookmark_value>documents; number of words/characters</bookmark_value> <bookmark_value>text; number of words/characters</bookmark_value> <bookmark_value>characters; counting</bookmark_value> <bookmark_value>number of characters</bookmark_value> <bookmark_value>counting words</bookmark_value> <bookmark_value>word counts</bookmark_value> </bookmark>
You see in Pootle
The bookmark element in connection with the attribute branch="index" means, that this is content to be shown in the Index tab of the help. Each of the bookmark_value elements determines an item for the index. If their is a semicolon, the left part is the main item and the right part is a subitem. Items in the index are sorted automatically, so you need not care of alphabetical order.
What must not be Translated
<There are some examples in LibreOffice Wiki and on http://openoffice.apache.org/translate.html>
<show examples for each item>
<StarBasic source code>
<Location inside the help>
<Find an item by filename and paragraph ID., link to Pootle_User_Guide/Technical_Helpers#Transforming_the_Style_of_the_Built-in_Help >