Updates to language support in Openverse

Now that Openverse is available at Openverse.org, I wanted to take an opportunity to showcase how translations work, specifically related to the Rosetta sites.

Redirections and translation paths

Previously, when live at wordpress.org/openverse, Openverse would inherit the language of the Rosetta site. For example, https://es.wordpress.org/openverse displayed the Spanish translations. Now, these same translations are available at https://openverse.org/es/.

For convenience, we do redirect https://es.wordpress.org/openverse to https://openverse.org/es/.

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/ chooser

Openverse also now includes a locale dropdown in the site footer, so users are no longer constricted to the language of the site they arrive on.

A screenshot of openverse.org search results for 'Macaw', with a red arrow annotation pointing to the site's locale chooser.

A screenshot of openverse.org's homepage, with a red arrow annotation pointing to the site's locale chooser.

Increasing discovery

On the English language WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ site, Openverse is easily accessible through the “Download & Extend” tab of the primary navigation menuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site.. It would be wonderful to highlight Openverse similarly on some of the RosettaRosetta The code name of the theme for the local WordPress sites (eg. bg.wordpress.org is a “Rosetta” site). All locale specific WordPress sites are referred to as “Rosetta sites.” The name was inspired from the ancient Rosetta Stone, which contained more or less the same text in three different languages. sites! Particularly those which are over 90% translated in our translation project. Here is a list of those very sites:

English Name Openverse URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org
Albanian (#sq) https://openverse.org/sq
Catalan (#ca) https://openverse.org/ca
Chinese (Taiwan) (#zh_TW) https://openverse.org/zh-tw
Czech (#cs_CZ) https://openverse.org/cz
Danish (#da_DK) https://openverse.org/da
Dutch (#nl_NL) https://openverse.org/nl
Dutch (Belgium) (#nl_BE) https://openverse.org/nl-be
English (UK) (#en_GB) https://openverse.org/en-gb
Galician (#gl_ES) https://openverse.org/gl
German (#de_DE) https://openverse.org/de
Greek (#el) https://openverse.org/el
Italian (#it_IT) https://openverse.org/it
Norwegian (Bokmål) (#nb_NO) https://openverse.org/nb
Romanian (#ro_RO) https://openverse.org/ro
Spanish (Spain) (#es_ES) https://openverse.org/es
Swedish (#sv_SE) https://openverse.org/sv
Welsh (#cy) https://openverse.org/cy

I would love to hear what Rosetta site admins think about this.

Other thoughts

If you see any issues with localizationLocalization Localization (sometimes shortened to "l10n") is the process of adapting a product or service to a particular language, culture, and desired local "look-and-feel." in Openverse, related to our locale chooser, incomplete translation notices, our translations themselves, or any other problems, please let us know! You are welcome to reach out in the #openverse 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/. channel, or create an issue on our GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ repositoryWordPress Localization Repository The WordPress Localization Repository at https://i18n.svn.wordpress.org/ is a Subversion repository where official WordPress translations are maintained. See Working with the Translation Repository for details.. We’re so proud to be able to offer a tool like Openverse to so many countries around the world, powered by the work of our translation contributors.