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Debian gsoc for i18n


My name is Ioan Eugen STAN and I want to participate in Debian gsoc. I
was involved in Squeeze (and Lenny) release notes localization for
Romanian and translated some po-debconf's. During this time I got in
touch with how things are going and I noticed that things need to be
improved in i18n.

My first ideea was to try to improve online translation by either
installing a replacement for pootle. I was thinking of Narro [0], [1],
an online translation tool that has very good features and I belive
can integrate well with Debian. It's mainly used by Mozzila [2] and
Free Software Group [3] (Romanian supporters of free software). I
already tried to introduce [2] for translatin d-i but l10n romanian
contributors to d-i prefer the mailing list and syncing the
translations from narro to dtp svn was difficult because we did not
have write permission. I think narro can be integrated well with dtp
infrastructure (for people who like to use both  mailing list and
online translation tools). I ave contacted the developer of the
project for help and he said he will help with integration if problems
arise, but he is not available for adding new features.

While researching the ideea I also found that there was some interest
in doing something similar [4].

After the release of Squeeze I noticed there are problems regarding
dtp and i18n infrastructure [5].
I am looking for a mentor to sponsor my ideea but I am open to new
ideeas regarding i18n improvement as I am not very familiar with the
internals of the project.
I also plan to get more involved in Debian in the future and this
seems like a good start.

[0] http://narro-project.blogspot.com/
[1] http://code.google.com/p/narro/
[2] http://tradu.softwareliber.ro
[3] https://l10n.mozilla.org/narro
[4] http://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2010/LaunchpadForDebian
[5] http://lists.debian.org/debian-i18n/2011/02/msg00086.html


Ioan-Eugen Stan

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