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From Lisa Seacat DeLuca <>
Subject [Vote] Transifex Translation : please vote
Date Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:02:46 GMT
I sent a note out about a month ago about using Transifex for translation 
of the Cordova docs.  Everyone was preparing for the 3.0 release and 
phonegap day so I didn't receive much of a response.  So I'm reopening the 

I have created a project within Transifex for cordova here:

The way it works is:
1.      files are upload  to the Transifex system.  Transifex does not 
have markdown files as one of the options for file type to import but they 
do have html and plain text.  I have chosen plain text for testing and it 
appears to work great.  I setup a preferences for the resource to be 
pulled from github on a daily basis with the latest version of the file. 
2.      Users may come in and provide translation or all or part of a 
3.      A "maintainer" or language expert is assigned to each language and 
approves the translations
4.      progress information and status can be shown per file/project. 
 Once complete, the translated file can be uploaded back into github under 
the specific language.  This part is a manual process
Other open source projects use Transifex, for example, OpenStack.  

I propose we do the following:
Use Transifex for each major release starting with 3.0.  If it is 
relatively easy to translate for minor releases we can vote to do so with 
Assign a language "maintainer" for each supported language to monitor 
translations. I suggest we start with Spanish and French since those are 
the languages our group of committers can best contribute to at this time. 
 (If we have a consensus to use Transfix, please volunteer if you'd like 
to be the maintainer for a specific language).
Once a section of the documentation is approved by the language moderator, 
we push the updates to GitHub.
I created a new JIRA issue related to globalization so we can track 
comments outside of the mailing list as well.

Another thing to think about, Transifex offers automatic translation for 
faster translation using google translation services or microsoft's which 
require an api key and a paid subscription.  I don't know if either of 
those companies offer a free key for open source needs. I know we have a 
few representatives from those companies that might be able to give us 
more information.

Why we should be worried about translation?
Globalization! If we can attract more developers to Cordova and make it 
easier for those developers to get up and running with cordova by 
providing documentation in their native languages,  cordova will continue 
to grow in popularity globally.

Please vote if you are okay with moving forward with Transifex as a 
solution to our translation needs.


From:   Lisa Seacat DeLuca/San Francisco/IBM
Date:   07/17/2013 10:23 AM
Subject:        Transifex

I have been doing some research into translation services available and 
ran into a group that has been working on a solution for Open Stack using 
Transifex.  Lets face it, the cordova translation story is just not where 
it could be.  It looks like the Transifex service is free for open source 
projects.  Does anyone have a strong opinion one way or another on whether 
or not we could utilize Transifex for cordova?

Transifex website: 
Supported File Formats: 

cordova project I created on transifex:

I uploaded the overview file ( 
)  to give the service a try and see what we can expect.  It would be 
interesting to build this into our release cycle, especially during major 
releases when the getting started guides, plugin guides, etc. change 


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