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Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on October 29, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-10-29 17:00 - 18:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

Note to US attendees! Europe changed to winter time last weekend, so to keep the meeting at the same local time for European attendees, the meeting is one hour later for you. Next time all should be back to normal as the US will change timezones at the end of the 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 October 22, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-10-22 16:00 - 17:00 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 Oct 15, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-10-15 16:00 - 17:00 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 October 8, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-10-08 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  vijaycs85 YesCT Gábor Hojtsy penyaskito

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!

After the productive sprints at Drupalcon Amsterdam, we are back to the regular weekly online meetings. 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 September 24, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-09-24 16:00 - 17:00 UTC User group meeting Organizers:  vijaycs85 YesCT Gábor Hojtsy penyaskito

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!

Also, you are coming to Amsterdam next week, right? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th, and we will have our meeting next week in person like usual in these events. Gábor still has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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 September 17, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-09-17 16:00 - 17:00 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!

Also, you are coming to Amsterdam next week, right? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th. Gábor still has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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 core updates for September 10, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-09-10 16:00 - 17:00 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!

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th. Gábor has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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 September 3, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-09-03 16:00 - 17:00 UTC User group meeting Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We have been on a roll recently fixing issues in Drupal 8! All of the core content entity types are now multilingual and views support is steadily improving for them. Woot! We improved our velocity moving issues on our sprint from left to right.

We are now at 5 release blockers (but some of them may be RTBC soon). Let's figure out how best to resolve these.

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!

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th. Gábor has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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 Aug 27, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-08-27 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We have been on a roll recently fixing issues in Drupal 8! All of the core content entity types are now multilingual and views support is steadily improving for them. Woot! We improved our velocity moving issues on our sprint from left to right.

We are now at 6 release blockers (but some of them may be RTBC soon). Let's figure out how best to resolve these.

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!

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th. Gábor has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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 Aug 20, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-08-20 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We have been on a roll recently fixing issues in Drupal 8! All of the core content entity types are now multilingual and views support is steadily improving for them. Woot! We improved our velocity moving issues on our sprint from left to right. To support us having a better overview, I simplified the sprint board with better prioritisation of issues.

We are still at 5 release blockers (but none of them are postponed anymore). Let's figure out how best to resolve these.

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!

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th. Gábor has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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.

All the multilingual happenings at DrupalCon Amsterdam

Gábor Hojtsy on D8MI -

DrupalCon Amsterdam is coming up in just a few weeks and it is full of opportunities to learn about and get all your questions answered when it comes to multilingual Drupal. What's better, you can get involved making things happen and learn from those implementing the features firsthand. Here are my picks:

Multilingual Drupal 8 site building and programming

  • There is no excuse to not attend some of the sprints at and around DrupalCon. Sprints start two days ahead of the start of the conference on Saturday the week before. And there are still sprints going on the Sunday after the conference. It is not just the last day of DrupalCon itself where you can get involved and make a difference. In fact the leads are actually focusing more on the sprint on the weekend days. Also the weekend sprints are in a really cool venue. The best way to learn is to do!
  • You are looking for more of a directed guide of Drupal 8 still with the possibility to do it all hands-on? Look no further than the Drupal 8 multilingual hands-on lab presented by Aimee Degnan of Hook42 and myself from Acquia. The schedule info is a bit misleading, this session spans two timeslots and lasts two hours. Bring your laptop with Drupal 8 freshly installed!
  • Dive deeper into the APIs of Drupal 8! Francesco Placella from Tag1 presents Multilingual Content in D8: a Highly Evolved Permutated API showing how to code with the new system. While not strictly multilingual, in Field API is dead. Long live Entity Field API! swentel, yched and amateescu show how the most essential content element storage system changed and this is full of multilingual support of course.
Multilingual Drupal 7 site building and programming Moving localize.drupal.org forward

The localize.drupal.org site seriously needs people who care about it enough to devote time to maintaining and fixing bugs. I set up one more BoF to gather people interesting in the well-being of this site titled We love localize.drupal.org. We need to upgrade to Drupal 7, support the whole range of new Drupal 8 APIs, drastically improve performance and then get new features going.

These are all the multilingual pieces that I collected. There may still be more, BoF scheduling just started and I may have missed a session or two. Let us know in the comments what other great events happen around multilingual Drupal. See you in Amsterdam!

Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative meeting on Aug 13, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-08-13 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We are now up to 5 release blockers (1 of them postponed) due to some bugs we knew about turning out to be more problematic. Two of them are beta blockers too, but the two newly elevated ones are easier. Let's figure out how best to resolve these.

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!

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th. Gábor has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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 Aug 6, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-08-06 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

I'm sorry we missed the meeting last week, several of us had other things to do and did not coordinate to make it happen. It will happen this time!

We now only have 2 release blockers (1 of them postponed) left that we share with the entity and config systems. Two of them are beta blockers too. Let's figure out how best to resolve these.

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!

Drupalaton and TCDrupal start right next day after this meeting with four days of sprints at each. Pick one and let's meet there! Both have multilingual sprints.

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th. Gábor has a free ticket to hand out to someone and is looking for candidates.

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 July 23, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-07-23 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We now only have 2 beta blockers (1 of them postponed) left that we share with the entity and config systems. Let's figure out how best to resolve these. We have 7 (1 of them postponed) criticals when looking at release blockers in general (wider than but include beta blockers). I set up a page for them so we can widen our look at them from the beta blockers once they are done.

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!

Do you know we have a sprint at Drupalaton in 2 weeks? You know this camp at Europe's biggest warm water lake and in a hotel with a private island and a sponsored cruise party! The sprint goes on all four days. There are sprints in the US at the same time at TCDrupal. Pick one and let's meet there. Both have multilingual sprints.

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th.

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 July 16, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-07-16 16:00 - 17:00 UTC User group meeting Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We now only have 3 beta blockers (1 postponed) left that we share with the entity and config systems. Let's figure out how best to resolve these. We are also still busy with several configuration schema issues as we find them, only one of which turned out to be beta blockers thankfully.

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!

Do you know we have a sprint at Drupalaton in a few weeks? You know this camp at Europe's biggest warm water lake and in a hotel with a private island and a sponsored cruise party! The sprint goes on all four days. There are sprints in the US at the same time at TCDrupal. Pick one and let's meet there. Both have multilingual sprints.

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th.

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 July 9, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-07-09 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We now only have 3 beta blockers (1 postponed) left that we share with the entity and config systems. Let's figure out how best to resolve these. We are also still busy with several configuration schema issues as we find them, only one of which turned out to be beta blockers thankfully.

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!

Do you know we have a sprint at Drupalaton in the summer? You know this camp at Europe's biggest warm water lake and in a hotel with a private island and a sponsored cruise party! The sprint goes on all four days. There are sprints in the US at the same time at TCDrupal. Pick one and let's meet there. Both have multilingual sprints.

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should! Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th.

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 July 2, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-07-02 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We now only have 3 beta blockers (1 postponed) left that we share with the entity and config systems. Let's figure out how best to resolve these. We are also still busy with several configuration schema issues as we find them, only one of which turned out to be beta blockers thankfully.

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!

Do you know we have a sprint at Drupalaton in the summer? You know this camp at Europe's biggest warm water lake and in a hotel with a private island and a sponsored cruise party! The sprint goes on all four days.

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should. Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th.

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 June 25, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-06-25 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We still have 3 beta blockers (2 postponed) left that we share with the entity and config systems. Let's figure out how best to resolve these. We are also still busy with several configuration schema issues as we find them, some of which may be beta blocking changes.

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!

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should. Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th.

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 June 18, 2014

Drupal Groups news -

Start:  2014-06-18 16:00 - 17:00 UTC Online meeting (eg. IRC meeting) Organizers:  Gábor Hojtsy

We still have 5 beta blockers (3 postponed) left that we share with the entity and config systems. Let's figure out how best to resolve these. We are also still busy with several configuration schema issues as we find them, some of which may be beta blocking changes.

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!

Also, are you planning for Amsterdam yet? You should. Keep in mind the extended sprints before and after the official program where we'll work in a smaller group on the most pressing issues at the time. The sprints last all the way between September 27th and October 5th.

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.

1000 new translatable strings for Drupal 8 and the future of localize.drupal.org

Localize.drupal.org news -

As we kept following the changes made to Drupal 8 and the dozens of new ways of adding translatable strings to code in the new version, we worked on support for TWIG translation constructs and all kinds of YAML file sources (routing titles, menu items, action links, local tasks, configuration schemas, etc) recently as well as some misc new APIs like TranslationWrapper objects. Huge thanks to the amazing work of @ksenzee, @herom and @hron84 building string extraction support for these in our not very well loved issue queue.

Support for these APIs is now rolled out live on localize.drupal.org and I sent Drupal 8 alpha12 to be parsed again with the new code. The result is the number of strings made available for translation jumped from 6820 to 7769, making available almost a thousand previously hidden strings. (Also almost 800 new files are considered now for source strings, jumping from 3972 to 4722). For comparison, Drupal 7's latest release only contains 4645 strings to translate. Our advice from last June that this may not be the time to jump on translating it all yet still stands though.

The quest is not over. API changes that affect translatability are still made. The latest one is the logger API that replaces watchdog(). We still need to figure out how to support that in string extraction. Help needed there! I'm not sure how the string extraction based method can sustain itself for Drupal 9, we'll need to take a hard look at this definitely. We are doing out best now in Drupal 8 to cover what is possible.

The largest outstanding item keeps being support for shipped configuration translatables. All the default user roles, filters, views, content types, menus and so on that Drupal 8 itself supports to be translated with sources from localize.drupal.org, so only the server side part on our side is missing still. There are probably hundreds of translatable strings hidden there still.

That said, it is not only the Drupal 8 API support that is a bit lacking, we need more volunteers to help with the site itself. The site's biggest contributor Sebastien Corbin posted about the state of the site in January and that is still pretty accurate. I submitted a Core conversation proposal for DrupalCon Amsterdam to at least start assembling a working group around the site with people who can devote time in a sustainable fashion. We all rely on this site for so much and it gets so little love!

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