Translation for 2.3

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For the translation update of the 2.3 version a number of native language Communities has volunteered to contribute to the translation work for which Sun usually provides translation:

The Communities who have adhered to this initiative are:

  • Dutch Community
  • French Community
  • Germanophone Community
  • Italian Community
  • Spanish Community
  • Brazilian Community
  • Swedish Community
  • Russian Community
  • Chinese Community - new on board!


Due to the large translaiton volume that needs to be updated, for this release there will be 2 translation hand-offs:

  • 1st translation hand-off

Translation start date: June 7th
Translation delivery date: July 5th at noon CET

  • 2nd translation hand-off

Translation start date: July 12th
Translation delivery date: July 26th at noon CET

Release Map with translation deadlines specific for the 2.3 release can be found at:

General Process

The files to be translated by the Community members will be in SDF file format and will be delivered as zip file attached to an l10n issue. The SDF file format - which can be read and edited with a simple text editor - can be converted into .po files. Once the Communities have finalized the translation of the files, they will backconvert the po files into sdf file format, run the gsicheck on the sdf file, make coccections in the file in case or errors and return the issue to the submitter attaching the translated files. The Sun Language Leads will then perform linguistic review on the translated files and will provide their feedback to the n-l communities via QA matrix attached to the issue. No changes will be carried out in the files translated by the community members unless there is a common agreement on the changes. Changes in the translated files which are not exlicitely declared as show stopper in Issue Tracker will be integrated into the next release. All Communities receiving a QA matrix will need to carry out the changes in the previously translated files and return to Sun within 2 weeks from the QA matrix delivery date.

Process Step by Step

  • Sun creates issues and attaches .sdf files to translate (volume to be decided by each Community based on their availability and resources)
  • Issues will be assigned to the translation Community leads
  • Community converts into po files (if any problem with that we will take over conversion)
  • Community translates the files using a translation .po editor
  • Community back converts the .po files into .sdf
  • Community runs gsicheck on sdf and delivers back to Sun
  • Sun will import the translated files into 2.3
  • Language lead will carry our linguistic review
  • Community will implement linguistic review results into translated files and deliver updated files 2 weeks after QA matrix delivery.

Tips and Tools


build a team of translators and 1-2 reviewers to work on the project. I recommend to keep the number of the reviewers to 1-2 people, since the more translators and reviewers working on the project, the less you can ensure quality and consistency. For all the above language there is a Sun Language Lead who may consulted in case of language related questions.


SunGloss ( is the repository of the latest terminology used in the StarOffice/ product. You can request access to consult the tool. We recommend to use SunGloss instead of a spreadsheet because it shows all entries (including deleted entries that were used but not anymore). In this way it's possible for all to look at the evolution of a translation, and discuss about it when it's needed, especially during the review process.


Roles and Responsibilities

Language N-L Lead
main contact(s)
Language Lead Central Engineer(s) Project Lead Other
Brazilian Roberto Salomon
Claudio Filho
Augusta Marques Da Silva Petr Dudacek
Damien Donlon
Rafaella Braconi  
Dutch Arthur Buijs Natalie Koning Petr Dudacek
Damien Donlon
Rafaella Braconi  
French Sophie Gautier Jerome Roy Petr Dudacek
Damien Donlon
Rafaella Braconi  
German Jacqueline Rahemipour
Marko Moeller
Berit Bonde Petr Dudacek
Damien Donlon
Rafaella Braconi  
Italian Andrea Pescetti
Alessandro Cattelan
Monica Badia Petr Dudacek
Damien Donlon
Rafaella Braconi  
Spanish Santiago Bosio
Alexandro Colorado
Aridane Vilardane-Viegra Petr Dudacek
Damien Donlon
Rafaella Braconi  
Swedish Lars D. Noodén Sofia Nilsson Petr Dudacek
Damien Donlon
Rafaella Braconi  

Files for Translation

Q & A

This session will be filled in with Q & As which will be raised and answered during the translation initiative

Q: Which is the total wordcount estimated for the update 2.3 release?
A: The estimated total wordcount is 25,000 words. GUI approx. 300 words, Online Help approx. 22,000 words.


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