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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: Translate the Apache doc. into Chinese.
Date Thu, 05 Aug 1999 09:07:48 GMT
Kevin Lo wrote:
> 
> I have discussed the translation documentation with this mailing list.
> Unfortunately, no one take the further actions :(
> Ken, would you like to say something, thanks.

Sure, I can almost always be counted upon to say something. :-)

As I pointed out earlier, I like option #4 for translated
documentation.  (That was having a mirror of the docs tree
structure on another system than www.apache.org, with link to
it from there and negociation enabled.)  I've got the server
for it; I just need to set up the tree.

It would be nicest if it could actually live on the Apache
site itself in the main Apache docco tree.  Unfortunately, for
that to work, MultiViews and negociation would need to be
set up properly (including the appropriate AddLanguage directives,
et cetera) not only on www.apache.org, but on all of the dozens
of mirror systems as well.  That seems quite unlikely to happen,
which is why I currently favour an alternate system for
the translations.

I think a little process will be necessary if we pursue this.
For instance, translated files ought to include a 'translated
at <date>' line at the top, since they're certain to fall out
of synch.  And the master docco should be mirrored into the
tree with ".en" suffixes added.  With a little work (well, maybe
more than a little), and a contact point identified for each
translation, I could see auto-notification of changes being
mailed out to translators.  I.e., if the English master of
the document Kevin translated gets updated, a message containing
the diff could be sent to Kevin so he'd know to check to see
if he needed to update his version.

Random thoughts at far too early an hour in the morning..
comments, anyone?
-- 
#ken    P-)}

Ken Coar                    <http://Web.Golux.Com/coar/>
Apache Software Foundation  <http://www.apache.org/>
"Apache Server for Dummies" <http://ASFD.MeepZor.Com/>

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