Polyglots Monthly Newsletter: October 2021

Welcome to the first edition of the Polyglots monthly newsletter! This monthly newsletter is a recap of news related to the WordPress Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/.

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📰 News from Make/Polyglots

WordPress Translation Day 2021 is finished! This was a month-long celebration of translator contributions to the WordPress project. There were a total of 22 local events, six global live-streaming events, and sprints organized by more than three contributor teams. WordPress Translation Day 2021 resulted in 733,583 stringsString A string is a translatable part of the software. A translation consists of a multitude of localized strings. suggested, 518,710 approved, and 697 new translation contributors. There will be more news in the coming weeks, so if you have pictures from any local events you would like included, please share them in the polyglots-events channel!

A few other exciting updates involving the Polyglots team:

  • Coinciding with International Translation Day, @yordansoares (LocaleLocale Locale = language version, often a combination of a language code and a region code, for instance es_MX denotes Spanish as it’s used in Mexico. A list of all locales supported by WordPress in https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/ Manager for es_VE) was highlighted in the People of WordPress series. Read his contributor feature.
  • The post, How to handle block pattern translations, has a discussion on two different methods for translating blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. patterns in the Pattern Directory. It explores the possibility of translating user-generated block patterns via the related GlotPress project or an alternative method of forking block patterns into another language.
  • GlotPress meetings are re-starting and will occur every two weeks in the glotpress channel in the Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.. The first meeting will happen on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:00 UTC. Everyone is welcome to join and share ideas.
  • Planning has started for WordPress 5.9. The expected release date is December 14, 2021. For translators, a hard string freezeString freeze The term "string freeze" is used by the core team to mark the end of changes to the strings of an upcoming release. A string freeze also means that there will be no more strings added to the core project. Sometimes a string freeze has two phases a soft freeze and a hard freeze. A string freeze is announced on the Polyglots blog by the current release lead. is expected on November 30, 2021.

📈 Latest stats

Via https://wp-info.org/polyglots-stats/ 

The latest weekly statistics are from October 6 to October 13, 2021. You can see the weekly difference in the number between the parentheses.

Releases205 (0) localesLocale Locale = language version, often a combination of a language code and a region code, for instance es_MX denotes Spanish as it’s used in Mexico. A list of all locales supported by WordPress in https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/, 68 (+1) up to date, 0 (0) behind by minor versions. Congratulations to the #es_DO locale!
TranslatorsThere are 723 (+3) General Translation Editors, 5,534 (+17) Project Translation Editors, and 55,427 (+297) translation contributors.
Site Language55.36% (+0.005%) of WordPress sites are running a translated WordPress site.

🌍 Locale News and Resources

A new version of GlotDict, a browser add-on for translate.wordpress.org, was recently released. It gives improvements to consistency suggestions, localized dates, and non-translatable items. 

Another add-on, WPGPTools, was updated as well. This update automatically deactivates similar features that are now available in GlotDict to help those using both add-ons. You can find more information on both tools in the Polyglots Handbook.

Did you know internationalizationInternationalization Internationalization (sometimes shortened to I18N , meaning “I - eighteen letters -N”) is the process of planning and implementing products and services so that they can easily be adapted to specific local languages and cultures, a process called localization. This is the process of making software translatable. Information about Internationalization for developers can be found in the Developer’s handbooks. was first added to WordPress in version 1.2, more than 15 years ago? Learn more about the history of translating WordPress in the Polyglots Handbook – History of the Team.

Are you looking for more ways to get started? If you’re translating or want to translate WordPress and any related projects into a specific language, here are some helpful resources:

If you need any help, ask in the polyglots channel in the Making WordPress Slack at any time. We’re a global team, so there’s almost always someone around!

Thank you to the following people who contributed to this month’s newsletter: @tobifjellner @webaxones, @courtneypk @harishanker @psmits1567 @vladytimy @amieiro @webcommsat @chaion07