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From Regina Henschel <>
Subject Re: Dealing with a large and diverse project - Native Languages and project teams
Date Fri, 18 May 2012 18:42:19 GMT

Rob Weir schrieb:
> On Fri, May 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM, Paulo de Souza Lima
> <>  wrote:
>> 2012/5/18 Rob Weir<>
>> <snip>
>>> Not really.  I'm not presuming to say what others should or should not
>>> want to do.  And I'm not going to speculate on what "the project"
>>> wants to do, whatever the heck that means.
>>> Let's not speculate or deal in hypothetical about how some
>>> hypothetical volunteer from Bolivia may or may not want to do for some
>>> hypothetical grant.  We don't need an elaborate apparatus to deal with
>>> such questions that have not actually occurred here.
>>> Instead, let's ask of the here and now:  Is there anything any
>>> volunteer on the project wants to do, that they believe that they
>>> cannot do?  I'd encourage them to speak up, regardless of country or
>>> language.  Let's make a list.
>> Well, as long as you've opened a channel, I have something to say about it.
>> 2 - There's a lot of people here in Brazil willing to help AOO, but they
>> can't because they can't read/write/speak English. I can count at least
>> three right now, in our (provisory) mailing list at Escritório Livre.
> What do the volunteers want to do?
> If a volunteer wants to contribute code, they need to understand C++.
> If they want to contribute to the website design then they need to
> understand HTML/CSS.  And so on.  There are basic per-requisite skills
> needed.  And across all of these there is the need to be able to
> read/write English.   I don't see how this can be avoided.

It is possible to work on Media-Wiki without English skills. You only 
need a small sheet with basic formatting commands. The UI of the Wiki 
uses native language. I don't know how many languages are supported, but 
I see a lot in the drop down list.

Look at the categories FR, ES, JA, or RU to see what is possible. (BTW, 
you will not see a lot of German content, because we had already before the openoffice-wiki started, and that has >1000 
pages.) You can put a lot of end-user help into the wiki and go far 
beyond the build-in help.

Kind regards

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