WordPress Translation Day 4

Saturday 11 May 2019 – 24-hour marathon for #WPTranslationDay

Participate in person at a local Meetup or globally online

Banner for WPTranslationDay 4 - 11 May 19

Be part of translating one of the world’s most popular web platforms into as many languages as possible.

WordPress is a popular choice for developers, writers, business owners, eCommerce platforms and hobbyists. People from many different walks of life continuously add to its development and improvement, resulting in WordPress powering more than 33% of websites **.

Versatility and the vast global team working on it are central to WordPress’ increasing popularity. Translating WordPress in multiple languages helps to make the platform available in many more parts of the world. The Polyglots Team has played a remarkable role in leading and bringing together this translation work.

** Figures from a report by W3Techs (2019)

WordPress Translation Day 4

On 11 May 2019, this 24-hour event will be aimed at the translation of all things WordPress, from core to themes, and from plugins to marketing. Moreover, it will celebrate the achievements of the Make WordPress Polyglots Team and thousands of volunteers worldwide who give their time and skills to make this online platform available in so many countries and languages.

WordPress Translation Day 2019 is the fourth event organized by members of the Polyglots Team to acknowledge the efforts of all those involved in translating the platform’s numerous aspects and features.

Read more about the event on WordPress.org news

Discover the local Meetup events for the 2019 WordPress Translation Day.

Watch the #WPTranslationDay livestream including talks, panel discussions and interviews.

Share your participation in the fourth translation day event with e-badges and banners.

In this feature, thanks to contributors Maedah Batool and Saqib Ameen and we are sharing a quick guide to help explain what is involved in translating WordPress. Abha Thakor and Raffaella Isidori bring you news from #WPTranslationDay and stories from some of the people in the Polyglots Team to inspire you to join in.

Contribute to WordPress through Translation

Maedah (pictured standing) shares her enthusiasm
for open source with colleagues

Translate and contribute

Maedah Batool, a member of the Make WordPress Marketing Team, has contributed as a translator for three years.

She shares her enthusiasm for the polyglots and encourages others to give it a try. She said: “Most of the time when it comes to contributing to open source software people are under the impression that it is only through code. But I take part through translation, which is a productive way of contributing to open source. Moreover, being a part of this vibrant WordPress community I feel that it is my responsibility that I contribute my part in making WordPress available to my local community and in my native language, Urdu.”

Along with other local groups across the world, Maedah is organizing a Meetup for the global event, collaborating with the Locale Manager. The local event will seek to engage undergraduate college and university students, picking up on their enthusiasm for learning new things.

“What I like the most about these events is the collaborative effort which is being done on a mass level. Moreover, it feels like some sort of celebration, a kind of festival which brings together developers, writers, tech enthusiasts and more, all targeting the same aim,” added Maedah.

Be part of a global festival

Pantip Treerattanapitak, who is a Core and Theme Development Contributor for the WordPress project, is co-organizing a translation event in Thailand. She believes that taking part in translating as part of a global festival and having the opportunity to read materials in a native language can provide the springboard to help people new to WordPress get more involved.

She has seen from her own experience how the translation events can bring people into the community. Pantip joined the Polyglots team in 2016 at the first global event. She said: “My favourite thing is being at a local translation event and knowing that there are people in cities and countries out there doing the same thing. It’s also lovely to see the result from our combined efforts at the end of the day.”

Translation promotes inclusivity

Jeroen Rotty, who contributes to the polyglots, support and documentation teams, is helping to run an event in Belgium. He said: “I think everyone should be able to use the software in their native language.” He had followed the previous editions of the Translation Day event from his home, and inspired by this he reached out to a few Meetup organisers in Antwerp to create an event for it in the city. He said: “I like the inclusiveness of the community. Everyone is welcome to participate and lend a hand to contribute to WordPress Translations.”

Help your local community

Mainul Aion has been involved in the global event and translating into Bengali since 2016. The Translation Day event increased his interest in contributing to the wider project and he is now getting more involved with the Marketing Team too. He said: “I love WordPress and try to help my local community. I want to play a part in translating WordPress to make it even more available for people who are not comfortable using it in English so that they can utilize it to the fullest.”

How to Start Translating WordPress

This short guide has been created by Saqib Ameen, a WordPress developer, and the Locale Manager for the Urdu language. For the past three years, he has been contributing to WordPress and organizing community events. He has successfully led the translation of five major WordPress releases into Urdu. He has also supported many people in getting started with translation.

He said: “I translate because I believe in the open source ecosystem and the fact that we should give back to the community. WordPress changes lives of many (including mine), and it’s our responsibility to give back in everyway possible. That’s why I translate and play my part.”

Translating WordPress can be an easy and straightforward process. Below are a few simple steps from Saqib which you can follow to get started.

Step 1: Create a WordPress.org Account

You will need an account on WordPress.org. This helps you connect with others and logs your contributions to the Polyglots Team for a Contributor Badge.

Step 2: Find Your Locale

The next step is to go to https://translate.wordpress.org, the WordPress Translation page and find your locale. WordPress locale codes are defined for languages which you can use in your plugin or theme. Some languages have the same WordPress locale code as their language code, e.g. the Japanese language code as well as the WordPress locale code is “ja”.

However, there are languages which have different locale and language codes. For instance, in the case of Indonesian the language code is “id”, while its WordPress locale code is “id_ID”.

The WordPress Translation page contains a list of all the locales. You can use the search box to quickly locate your locale. For example, in my case, I am navigating to Urdu (ur).

Screenshot of the Locate Your Locale webpage

Step 3: Select the Project

When you navigate to your locale, you will find a list of projects available for translation. It includes different releases of WordPress, Plugins, Themes, Meta, and Apps which you can translate. Select the project you want to translate.

Screenshot of how to select the project

When you go to any of the projects, you will see a dedicated project page. It will contain detailed statistics, a list of contributors, a list of editors, and a list of sub-projects. For example, in the screenshot below I have navigated to the `5.2.x – Development` project. You can pick any of these sub-projects based on its status (like Remaining Strings, Waiting + Fuzzy, etc.) and start contributing to it.

Screenshot of how to choose strings

Step 3: Start Translating

Inside a sub-project, you will find a list of strings in that particular project. You can navigate to untranslated strings using the Untranslated filter on the top. Once you have them, double click any string, add its translation and submit.

When you submit the translation, it goes into waiting category. An editor will review the translation and approve or reject it. There are also a few other categories of translation strings which you should know:

  • Warnings: these are translated strings but have a mismatching HTML tag or an unequal number of sentences. You can either suggest a correct translation or editors can explicitly approve them. They usually marked by a red background.
  • Current: these are the approved translations. They are usually marked by a green background.
  • Fuzzy: these translations need to be reviewed for accuracy. Most of them are taken from the previous versions of the project and might have changed. They are marked by an orange background.

Note that, when you double click any string, you will find the reference of the string on the right side. You can always check references to get context and translate better. Always remember one thing, never do a literal (word by word) translation.

Screenshot of Start Translating

Translation Resources

There are also plenty of resources available if you need any help. You should to get yourself familiarized with them to assist you in your translation work.

  • Translator’s Handbook: an official handbook by the WordPress Polyglots team which contains details about the translation process and how you can get involved
  • Translation Teams: a list of all the translation teams. On the team page for your chosen language, you can view the contributors and editors involved in translation
  • Slack Team: it contains a list of the Slack URLs for all translation teams. Make sure you join them to get in touch with your locale translation team. Let them know when you translate something, need some help, or want to become an editor of your plugin/theme
  • Glossaries and Style Guides: every locale team also builds its own Glossary and Style Guides which helps in the translation process
  • Polyglots Blog: the official blog of WordPress Polyglots. Here you can see all the updates on translation and can make a request as your last resort.

So, what are you waiting for? This is your chance to contribute to WordPress through translation and affecting more than 33% of internet users. Also, you can earn a Contributor Badge for translation which appears on your WordPress.org profile.

If you would like to collaborate with the Polyglots Team you can attend its weekly meetings on Slack in #polyglots channel, every Wednesday at 11:00 UTC and at 15:00 UTC.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to @maedahbatool and @saqibameen, contributing writers to this piece, and for the training guide. Thanks too to writers and editors @abhanonstopnewsuk, @zetaraffix and @siobhanseija.

The WordPress Translation Day event includes a number of marketing team members in its organizing team. This is another example of cross collaboration in the community, and how you can contribute to many aspects of developing and sustaining the platform. To find out more about how to get involved, here are some links.

The teams involved in Making WordPress

Videos on some of the ways you can contribute

Why contributing to WordPress benefits everyone

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