Michal Čihař - Blog Archives for English

Roadmap for Weblate 1.4

As Weblate 1.3 is out, it's time to think about features for next release. My current plan is to go more into two areas.

First is improving support for machine translations. I have some ideas how to integrate these in interesting ways, I just hope my (poor) Javascript knowledge will not prevent me doing it that way.

The second area is improving testsuite. Right now it really does not cover much and I'd like to cover at least basic functionality with different file formats. I'll see how much I will be able to cover, but at least I will try to cover as much as possible :-).

phpMyAdmin documentation now in Spanish

Since converting the phpMyAdmin documentation to new format and updating it's content, I was quite frightened how this will affect translated versions of it.

Fortunately giving it more attractive format and more advertisement lead to increased contributions. Since Friday, we already have one language which has reached 100% - Spanish. Matías Bellone simply did there awesome job and went through all fuzzy and new strings in just few days.

Now I'm looking forward to other contributors as well, I hope we will be able to deliver translated manual for phpMyAdmin 4.0 in many languages. I'll definitely try to translate to Czech, but any help with that is welcome.

Weblate 1.3

Quite on updated schedule (ie. one month later than originally planned), Weblate 1.3 has been released today. It comes with lot of improvements, especially in support of non gettext files, new quality checks and improved performance.

Full list of changes for 1.3:

  • Compatibility with PostgreSQL database backend.
  • Removes languages removed in upstream git repository.
  • Improved consistency checks processing.
  • Added new checks (BB code, XML markup and newlines).
  • Support for optional rebasing instead of merge.
  • Possibility to relocate Weblate (eg. to run it under /weblate path).
  • Support for manually choosing file type in case autodetection fails.
  • Better support for Android resources.
  • Support for generating SSH key from web interface.
  • More visible data exports.
  • New buttons to enter some special characters.
  • Support for exporting dictionary.
  • Support for locking down whole Weblate installation.
  • Checks for source strings and support for source strings review.
  • Support for user comments for both translations and source strings.
  • Better changes log tracking.
  • Changes can now be monitored using RSS.
  • Improved support for RTL languages.

You can find more information about Weblate on it's website, the code is hosted on Github. If you are curious how it looks, you can try it out on demo server. You can login there with demo account using demo password or register your own user. Ready to run appliances will be soon available in SUSE Studio Gallery.

Weblate is also being used https://l10n.cihar.com/ as official translating service for phpMyAdmin, Gammu, Weblate itself and others.

If you are free software project which would like to use Weblate, I'm happy to help you with set up or even host Weblate for you (this will be decided case by case as my hosting space is limited).

Key signing done

As I've mentioned before, there was a keysigning party in Prague yesterday. Though we were afraid that not so many people will arrive, in the end I have signed 19 keys and assured 13 people for CAcert.

The nice outcome of this is that I can now give up to 25 points when assuring for CAcert and altogether we are able to give you over 50 points in the Prague SUSE office.

Unfortunately this also reminded me my problems with Unicode on CAcert and quick look at the bug tracker showed me that my bugs 769 and 770 are still open, valid and did not receive any attention :-(.

PS: Of course after key signing, we had some fun with the openSUSE beer.

Key signing party in Prague

Tomorrow (Thursday 15th November), there will be a PGP key signing and CAcert assurance party in Prague. It will be held in SUSE offices and it will start at 17:00.

If you are interesting in having your PGP key signed, bring papers with your key fingerprint (you can use for example these slips) and some government issued ID. For CAcert assurance it is recommended to bring printed out assurance papers (you can get them from CAcert website) and of course IDs as well.

You can find more information on Facebook or Google+ event pages.

Call for Weblate translations

Weblate is close to 1.3 release (should happen on Friday if nothing urgent appears) and it's quite last chance for translators to catch up.

Weblate is of course translated using Weblate, but you can of course also translate Gettext po files directly and either upload them into Weblate or use Github issue tracker for that.

Weblate translation status

If you don't know Weblate yet, it is web based tool for translating with Git integration. You can also call it crowdsourcing platform if you wish :-).

phpMyAdmin's documentation

As I've already written before, phpMyAdmin is getting new documentation. The basic conversion has been already done and merged, but there are always things to improve.

Right now I'm spending my free time on improving that and pushing the documentation forward. But hey, you can help in this area as well - just look at it on http://docs.phpmyadmin.net/ and in case you see any problems, fix them or at least report them.

The easiest way to contribute a fix is to use online editor Github provides. Just navigate to the documentation sources, choose appropriate file, click on edit (what automatically forks the project for you) and once you're satisfied with your changes, open a pull request.

In case this still looks too hard for you, just open a bug report or write us on mailing list or IRC.

And you can of course also contribute to documentation translations, which did unfortunately suffer quite a lot from the documentation conversion.

New documentation for phpMyAdmin

I was quite unhappy with shape of our documentation for some time, but this week I finally found some time to dig deeper into conversion into something more usable.

Nowadays I'm mostly using Sphinx for writing documentation, which allows to easily write using RST and provides output to various formats. Together with Read the Docs service, it makes great combo for providing user documentation, which I use for example for Weblate.

So with a little bit of magic in Python and Beautiful Soup I was able to convert most of the HTML documentation into RST without tons of manual work. The resulting source (and ugly conversion script) temporarily lives on my github and generated documentation is available on Read the Docs.

There are of course still many things to improve, but I think even right now it is easier to navigate than previous monolithic HTML file.

Now we need to decide if and how to integrate this into official repositories and I can then continue on improving the documentation content.

RTL languages support

While working on tool for online translating, I should have probably expected this, but somehow it surprised me - Weblate should support RTL languages.

This issue was brought to me today by Yaron Shahrabani (Hebrew translator of Wine) and I simply had to look at this quite unexplored area for me. Fortunately it seems to be pretty easy, just matter of adding few html attributes to right places.

I've quickly adjusted the code (the hardest thing was to get list of RTL languages) and Weblate should now properly support RTL languages on both sides - as an user interface language and as a translated language.

In case you understand any of Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Urdu or other RTL language, I'd really like to hear from you if Weblate shows them correctly.

Playing with HTML microdata

Since Google introduced support for "Rich snippets", I wanted to play with that technology a bit. I've already used microformats in the past, but today's preferred solution seems to be microdata, which plays nicely with HTML 5.

To have some real data to show, I've chosen spolecneaktivity.cz, a community site for free time activities (sorry it is Czech only). It provides me XML export of some data to play with.

After a little bit of hacking, I wrote a Python script to parse that and output HTML with all microdata details I've found in original XML. The output now lives at http://cihar.com/aktivity/ and Google's Structured Data Testing Tool seems to parse this just fine.

The only question is whether it will show up in the results sometimes as it warns "urls are pointing to a different domain than the base url".