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I beg to differ. All one requires to localize something like LO are translation skills and a good understanding of how a UI works. Sure, you need to learn what a placeholder is but that aside, the translation itself requires much less in the way of IT skills than most projects assume.

You can take me as an example - I couldn't program a dot running across the screen if my life depended on it. In actual fact, if Kevin Scannell hadn't chaperoned me through the process of doing (back then) OO and Firefox, I would have never gotten anywhere. I can translate extremely well and at breakneck speed, that's what I do for a living after all, and I understand how UI work but in terms of my IT skills, I've very much at the basic end of the spectrum, even though it's what, 5 years, since my first completed l10n project. I still sweat blood when I have to commit Thunderbird via a bunch of Unix commands cause I still have almost no clue what they actually mean. Yes, this isn't Mozilla, but it's the principle.

I had, in fact, tried to join OO/Mozilla on my own previsouly but I don't think people who have been doing this a long time or who do this profesionally realise how unnecessarily high the hurdles are for "just translators". You ("we" by now I guess) are all very friendly and helpful, I'm not suggesting the opposite for a second - but when you're so wound up in something it's easy to forget what it's like for someone outside the bubble.

Anyway, I'll have a go at the wiki and see what can be done.


06/05/2013 14:47, sgrìobh Andras Timar:
How could a person without basic IT skills localize a product like
LibreOffice? I don't think that it is possible.
Filing a bug is basically clicking on a URL (the page says "submit an
issue for Enhancement to Product LibreOffice Component Localisation
marked for i18n by using this URL"), some fields are prefilled. Well,
registration is needed.

Nevertheless, feel free to edit the wiki page, and thanks for offering
your help in guiding newbies in this mailing list.


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