Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The #Wikia translation jam

Wikia has projects in more then 100 languages and they have many people working on the localisation of their software at translatewiki.net. In order to make this possible, it is vitally important that the developer write code that is both translatable and well documented.

To make this point to their developers, the developers at the Polish office were all invited to join in a "translation jam". This resulted in 253 translations in just an hour. The comments by the developers were really interesting:
  • "Wow, the interface is nice!"
  • "This is fast..."
  • "Oh, so that's the qqq documentation?"
  • "We should give people links to trac in docs."
Translations, documentation and awareness of the internationalisation process; this is indeed the kind of activity that makes Wikia more effective and responsive.
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