The OpenOffice.org Localization Project Wiki
Localization project provides tools and creates workflows supporting 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 firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list (browse archive), or on the #openoffice.org IRC channel.
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). 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 much more than translation. 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 n-gram rules for automatic language recognition can be updated.
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. Some projects are successful in providing translated guides and other documentation for end users and developers like the one available on the Wiki.