[Qgis-developer] [Qgis-community-team] translation: breaking ts file up in parts for transifex ?

Werner Macho werner.macho at gmail.com
Sun Feb 16 04:28:07 PST 2014

Hi Kari!

You are more than welcome to help correct "not understandable" english
"original" .. Sometimes fixing a bug or getting a function to work ist
just more interesting than thinking about the correct term to use in a
If you find such things .. just post it on the translators mailing
list and I am more than happy to try to fix it in the original
That would be really great ..

kind regards

On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM, Kari Salovaara
<kari.salovaara at pp1.inet.fi> wrote:
> On 02/16/2014 01:49 PM, Alexander Bruy wrote:
>> 2014-02-16 13:22 GMT+02:00 Kari Salovaara <kari.salovaara at pp1.inet.fi>:
>>> String cannot be too long; if You cannot translate the string correctly
>>> it's
>>> developers duty to modify/update the dialog structure to make all
>>> translations possible (that's called democracy). ;)
>> I can translate string correctly. But you miss some points:
>>   - in some languages average word length is bigger that in others, as
>> result
>>     translated string can be much longer than original
>>   - sometimes original string should be translated in a flexible way,
>> using
>>     synonyms or even totally rephrased.
>> There are some other reasons why translated string has bigger length
>> that original
>> one. And this is not developers duty, this is translator duty to make
>> UI consistent
>> and easy to read.
> I've almost single handed translated from so called English language the
> whole QGIS application (and some other applications too), so I think I've
> some experience. The language structure is very different in various
> languages (I've also some knowledge of other languages than Finnish ;) ). If
> You cannot fit translation in too small area then translator cannot obey
> Your order and duties You mentioned. QGIS is meant to be a quality software
> and that means those texts which developer has originally written should be
> used (mostly) but at least they should be understandable. To change dialog
> e.g. using the tools Qt provides, it'll take max 3 mins. and I consider that
> a very limited cost compared that if user cannot understand and you have to
> help him/her each time 15 mins. or that we get bad reputation and QGIS will
> not get new users.
> I'm not looking any fight here, I'm only looking quality result. These
> issues have been somewhat a problem since gui came into use, for me late
> 70's.
> Cheers,
> Kari
> --
> Kari Salovaara
> Hanko, Finland
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