[OpenLayers-Dev] docs.openlayers.org

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at metacarta.com
Sat Nov 15 15:29:18 EST 2008

On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 07:56:25PM +0100, Yves Jacolin (free) wrote:
> Hi,
> If I want to translate doc, where do I need to put it?

For anything that's already in OL SVN, you can create a copy of the doc,
and put '.lang-code.rst' as the extension. (So,
spherical_mercator.fr.rst.) If you want to translate the 'about' section
as well, you can so, and save it as 'about.fr.rst'. (Since, at the
moment, you don't have trunk SVN access, you can add these as patches,
or put them into a sandbox and I'll merge in from there.) The
docs.openlayers.org site doesn't handle this yet, but as soon as it's
needed, I'll add it.

I envision this being a sub-bullet list in the "Spherical Mercator"
section, with the title/description/link being slightly smaller, and
(obviously ;)) in French.

> For example, if I want to upload rst file of the french translation of the 
> Tim's Workshop ... (Tim, do you agreed I upload the french translation in the 
> doc svn tree of OL ordo you prefer to manage it in your svn ?)

I think that we should maintain translated copies of docs in the same
location  as the source documentation unless there is a strong reason
otherwise. So, I would say that either the french translation should be
managed in the OpenGeo SVN (or if Tim prefers) we could move the OpenGeo
workshop into the OL SVN. If neither of those works out, we can work out
a solution with having them both in seperate SVN.

> Christopher, can I translate this page [1] and add some information about 
> where to find help in french and write a call to contribute for translating 
> OL doc. I will probably link the call to the OSGeo-fr (Francophone mailing 
> list).

Your [1] above is the wrong link... not sure which doc you mean. If you
mean http://trac.openlayers.org/wiki/GettingHelp/ForeignLanguageSupport
, then I should bring this up with the OL dev list and get a general
feedback before we publish it too widely,but I'm happy to have you
translate it at
http://trac.openlayers.org/wiki/GettingHelp/ForeignLanguageSupport/fr --
I've deleted the text I had there before because it was terribly out of
date :) I'm not sure if a 'call to translate' is best managed through
that wikipage (which was originally written targeted towards people who
*don't* know OpenLayers) or perhaps a different wiki page with "how to
help the project if you don't code." Perhaps a somewhat less
technical/more social version of
http://trac.openlayers.org/wiki/HowToContribute is in order talking
about our documentation efforts; or maybe just an update/expansion of 
http://trac.openlayers.org/wiki/Documentation .

I'm interested in getting more of the existing OpenLayers documentation
into SVN -- I was looking at some of your docs earlier and realizing
that some of them seem more complete than what we have in English.
Do you think you could share a summary of what you've got so far, and
maybe suggest how we integrate this into OpenLayers SVN?

Christopher Schmidt

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