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Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Apr 22, 2015

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Start:  2015-04-22 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  penyaskito vijaycs85 Gábor Hojtsy

Thanks for your hard work at DrupalDevDays in Montpellier! Thanks all who came to the sprint and those sprinting remotely as well! The meeting will either be lead by Gábor Hojtsy or penyaskito or vijaycs85.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Apr 15, 2015

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Start:  2015-04-15 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy vijaycs85 penyaskito

This is DrupalDevDays week in Montpellier! Thanks all who came to the sprint and those sprinting remotely as well! We have plenty of issues to work out. Due to local time conflicts this meeting may only have a few people. The meeting will either be lead by Gábor Hojtsy or penyaskito or vijaycs85.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Apr 8, 2015

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Start:  2015-04-08 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

Note that the meeting is at the usual 6pm time in Europe and as Europe got in line with summer time, it is back at the usual time in the US as well (same as last week but different from the weeks before).

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on April 1, 2015

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Start:  2015-04-01 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

This is an after the fact announcement of the meeting. No, it was not intentional. Sorry for not posting it earlier but some real life got in the way.

Note that the meeting is at the usual 6pm time in Europe and as Europe now got in line with summer time, it is back at the usual time in the US as well.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

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Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on March 25, 2015

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Start:  2015-03-25 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

Attention US attendees: the meeting did not move times but you moved earlier 1h, so the meeting will be 1h later for you in local time compared to the usual time. It will move (relative to your local time) next week because the EU changes time this weekend.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on March 18, 2015

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Start:  2015-03-18 17:00 - 18:00 UTC User group meeting Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

Attention US attendees: the meeting did not move times but you moved earlier 1h, so the meeting will be 1h later for you in local time compared to the usual time. Same as last week.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Mar 11, 2015

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Start:  2015-03-11 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

Attention US attendees: the meeting did not move times but you moved earlier 1h, so the meeting will be 1h later for you in local time.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on March 4, 2015

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Start:  2015-03-04 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Feb 25, 2015

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Start:  2015-02-25 17:00 - 18:00 UTC User group meeting Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Feb 18, 2015

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Start:  2015-02-18 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Feb 11, 2015

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Start:  2015-02-11 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Feb 4, 2015

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Start:  2015-02-04 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Time to start translating Drupal 8!

Localize.drupal.org news -

Drupal 8 is in the beta releases stage getting closer to supporting an upgrade path. It is still in development and there are still some interface changes expected. As per the beta changes policy interface string are unfrozen and user experience improvements are prioritized. On the other hand, I don't know of major initiatives to change the interface strings and I believe most of the interface should be considered stable at this point.

As we are getting close to releasing beta versions with support for the upgrade path, that means more sites will start to use pre-release versions of Drupal 8. This helps find bugs and we would love the multilingual system to be (even more) thoroughly tested as well. We need translations for that to happen. We also need translators to look at source strings, so they submit issues found in them.

So while the user interface is not yet frozen, there are various good reasons to start translating Drupal 8 now. How fast should you plan to complete translations? Strings will likely be frozen with the first release candidate (which is cut when there are no more critical issues against Drupal 8). However that release candidate may become a release if no more critical issues found as early as a couple weeks after, so starting translation at RC1 would be too late to be ready for the release. You should consider starting sooner than later.

To make that process easier, we introduced a new Drupal 8 translation status page at https://localize.drupal.org/translate/drupal8 which lists the languages by completion status based on the last exported Drupal 8 translations available. Congratulations to the Spanish, Danish and Finnish team for being the top three! We also made it easy to access the multilingual demo from that page and included some advice on translation readyness as well as a step by step guide to new contributors.

You are encouraged to start translating Drupal 8, organize local translation sprints and test your translations by installing the new version in your own language. Big Drupal events like DrupalCon Bogota host multiple days of sprints where translators should join and take their space. The next big event coming up in Europe is Drupal Dev Days in April with a week of sprints.

All of the new Drupal 8 APIs should be supported now on the site including default shipped configuration. If you find something on the Drupal 8 user interface that is not translatable, submit a Translation template extractor issue and tag with "Drupal 8 compatibility".

Balu Ertl collected a list of 1200 "easy" Drupal 8 strings to translate to your language. These are 1, 2, 3 or 4 words long.

One final tip to get started faster. Localize.drupal.org does not (yet) support matching of strings that slightly changed from Drupal 7, however it brings in exact translations of modules that were added to core, such as Views. To match slightly changed strings, you can do the following:

  1. Download the complete Drupal 7 translation of your language.
  2. Using the Export tab on your language, export a full translation template (with untranslated and translated strings included) of Drupal 8.
  3. Use the gettext msgmerge tool to find fuzzy matches locally.
  4. Review and correct the translations locally.
  5. Finally import the new translations to the site with the "Multiple contributors" user for proper attribution.

Thanks for making Drupal 8 happen!

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Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Jan 28, 2015

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Start:  2015-01-28 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 multilingual tidbits 17: content translation basics

Gábor Hojtsy on D8MI -

I just updated all prior 16 posts in this series with up to date screenshots and text over the weekend and here is the new post!

In the introduction to content and configuration translation piece we discussed what is considered content in Drupal 8. This is a somewhat misleading term because custom blocks, custom menu items and even user entities (user profiles) are considered content in terms of their implementation.

Content is always stored as entities. The main difference between configuration and content entities is configuration is usually created on the backend (think views, vocabularies, etc.) while content is usually created on the frontend (think free tagging taxonomy terms, comments, blog posts). This is not a black and white differentiation but it helps think of the categories. The other key differentiator is content entities usually get to have configurable fields. You can add new fields to user profiles, taxonomy terms or comments. Again there are exceptions, for example custom menu items cannot get configurable fields in core. Finally, there are even content entities that will not be stored, in Drupal 8 contact form submissions are content entities that live only until they are sent via email. For this tidbit we are concerned for content entities that are stored and multilingual.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Jan 21, 2015

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Start:  2015-01-21 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

Did you know that Canadian Drupalers are working on a Drupal 8 Multilingual site for the upcoming Drupal North Conference? Among the first adopters of our cool advances! Let's move with polishing stuff up!

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Jan 14, 2015

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Start:  2015-01-14 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

It is the second week of 2015 and it's multilingual meeting time again! Check out how we did in 2014 in a retrospective blog post.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Jan 7th, 2015

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Start:  2015-01-07 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

Welcome to 2015, the weekly multilingual meetings are back in the regular time! Check out how we did in 2014 in a retrospective blog post.

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

2014 in review from a multilingual Drupal perspective

Gábor Hojtsy on D8MI -

Whew! 2014 was a fantastic year for the Drupal multilingual team. We had some great events with huge sprints, including but not limited to: Global Sprint Weekend, the amazing Drupal Dev Days Europe, NYC Camp, DrupalCon Austin, DrupalCon Amsterdam and BADCamp.

A fun fact about people on the multilingual team is that even though we usually turn out in big numbers at sprints, there are numerous great mentors among us, so we don't work on code that much at mentored sprints. We do a great job helping people get started and move into more serious core work though. Our most famous mentee this past year is 2014th Drupal 8 core contributor Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Drupal Association who contributed her first and second core patches fixing multilingual issues.

Last 2014 Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Dec 17

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Start:  2014-12-17 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

This is our last meeting for the year, the next one will be in 3 weeks on the 7th of January! Have a great holiday all and get some rest!

What are you working on? Do you need help? Are you looking for new tasks? Come discuss with us! We have tasks for all kinds of interests on all kinds of difficulty levels! All help is welcome!

This IRC meeting is on the #drupal-i18n channel on IRC. See http://drupal.org/irc for more information. The time above is marked with UTC - check in your own timezone.

Meetings are regularly every week at the same time on Wednesdays. Check out http://www.drupal8multilingual.org/events for the calendar of upcoming meetings and sprints.

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