robert at rhl.me.uk
Wed Apr 22 16:22:23 EDT 2009
I'm from Translatewiki.net , we provide an open source localisation
platform for a variety of open software packages including MediaWiki
 (the project we started out with, and which the translation engine
is based upon) and Freecol  (an open source game, similar to
At the moment there is some work happening between Wikimedia and
OpenStreetMap  to develop a mechanism for embedding OSM maps within
MediaWiki (and therefore all the Wikimedia projects, such as
Wikipedia). This will eventually use OpenLayers as a platform.
Since Wikimedia projects are currently available in over 100 different
languages, we are committed to providing a thorough localisation of
the MediaWiki software and its extensions.
Given the fact that OpenLayers is going to be used, we are interested
in providing localisation for it. Having taken a look at the source
code there appears to be a platform already in place for handling
translations, and so the process of beginning to localise using
Translatewiki.net will likely be a simple one.
I am writing to ask if there is anyone (preferably a core developer)
who would be willing to liaise with me and the other Translatewiki.net
staff to assist us in providing a localisation for OpenLayers. Nearly
all of the work can be done by us, and given the current OpenLayers
code base it is unlikely many non-trivial changes will need to be
made; however, we need to ensure that translations can be exported on
a regular basis (at least once every two weeks) and that we have
someone that we can contact. Localisation is a very expensive process
in terms of the time spent by volunteers doing it, so it is essential
that we waste none of it.
I noticed that you already have a basic localisation platform in
place, however given the fact there haven't been any updates to it for
several months it would seem to be dormant. Translatewiki.net has a
large number of people who enjoy translating, and we believe that it
is benefitial to pool resources and avoid duplication.
We are available in #mediawiki-i18n on irc.freenode.net. Myself
(minute), siebrand, Nikerabbit, and Raymond_ (all staff members of
Translatewiki.net, Nikerabbit and siebrand more senior however) will
be there and can help answer any questions. Also feel free to contact
me directly off-list. I am also in #openlayers on irc.freenode.net if
you would prefer to contact me there.
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