[Live-demo] Motion: Changing translation system to use Sphinx internationalization instead of directory approach

Angelos Tzotsos gcpp.kalxas at gmail.com
Sat Jul 18 06:48:17 PDT 2015

Hi Thomas,

Personally I think this is the best option for sphinx based 
documentation, so you have my +1.
Would you be able to join our weekly IRC meeting on Wednesday at 20:30 UTC?


On 07/18/2015 04:14 PM, Thomas Gratier wrote:
> Hi,
> I had a discussion at FOSS4G Europe about using Sphinx internationalization
> <http://sphinx-doc.org/latest/intl.html> (i18n) instead of the current
> directory approach.
> Why?
> It's already used in QGIS project, MapServer project, Python project,..
> The advantages:
> * Untied translators and contributors jobs by using Transifex
> * Keeping the translation updated. For instance, if I do a translation in
> French, then the English doc evolves slightly, it's difficult to track the
> differences and I need to read nearly everything again or browse the
> original file history then apply the change in French. It's not friendly IMO
> * Do not use symbolic links when missing files: fallback to english
> directly with i18n and not issue with Git (try to build the doc and do a
> "git status" to understand)
> If you wonder about the simplicity of Transifex, you can see the MapServer
> documentation at http://mapserver.org/fr/development/translation.html
> The drawbacks:
> * It can't make documents differ per language (strict translation)
> I've already worked a bit to make things happen about this at the code
> sprint but I would like to reorganize the documentation to improve the
> experience.
> Do you have any opinions before I go further?
> Cheers
> Thomas Gratier
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Angelos Tzotsos, PhD
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