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'''Localization project provides tools and creates workflows supporting [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationalization_and_localization localization and the internationalization] of OpenOffice.org making it ready for your language.'''
'''Localization project provides tools and creates workflows supporting [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationalization_and_localization localization and
the internationalization] of OpenOffice.org making it ready for your language.'''
Revision as of 23:14, 13 August 2010
Localization project provides tools and creates workflows supporting [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internationalization_and_localization localization and
the internationalization] of OpenOffice.org making it ready for your language.
This project relies on an effort of native-language teams, project members of OpenOffice.org Native Language Confederation project, to build a great language experience for all users worldwide, maintain translations for more than 100 languages, test and release localized OpenOffice.org installations and language packs, create localized documentation and official website, support and promote OpenOffice.org among users, partners and developers.
These wiki pages contain useful information how to to support your language in OpenOffice.org and release a localized OpenOffice.org version. Joining your Native Language project is a great opportunity to help spread our loving OpenOffice.org software and the idea of software freedom by making it accessible to more users.
When you first start at OpenOffice.org, everything is new, and the procedures may be different from other projects you've experienced. Continue reading and find out how you can contribute to your native language project or start a project to add a new language. To get in touch with the translations community please come and ask for some advice on the email@example.com mailing list (browse archive), or on the #openoffice.org IRC channel.
Comments, corrections and improvements on the wiki documents are welcome. If you wish to, you can also copy them, use them somewhere else, or anything that would be permitted by a Creative Commons Attribution License (meaning that credit is welcome).
Supporting a language
First thing that may come to your mind when thinking about supporting a language in OpenOffice.org is User Interface (UI) or Online Help (Help) translation. But actually first and more important step is to have your language recognized inside the software with correct locale data. This will allow users to set document or character language, use local number and date formats or use localized lists numbering.
On the other hand supporting a language is more than translating. You may want to provide spelling and grammar checking support, hyphenation patterns, thesaurus dictionaries and auto-correction data. Some languages require transliteration or special search capabilities, and sometimes data for automatic language recognition need to be updated.
To get OpenOffice.org officially released in your language together with other installations, you should follow the translation schedule as created and announced on the Localization project mailing lists, test and approve localized builds.
Templates included in the software can be localized. Both OpenOffice.org Templates and Extensions repository websites can be translated to your language, just like many popular extensions and templates inside the repositories.
Each Native-Language project can have an official localized website space at http://xx.openoffice.org where xx is your language code for information sharing and dedicated mailing lists for communicating inside your local community.
Some active native language projects are successful in providing translated guides and other documentation for end users and developers like the one available on the Wiki. Under Native Language Confederation umbrella they are called Level II projects as with their local activities they join global OpenOffice.org community support and marketing efforts.