get-translation

Effective translation workflow

(WIP) get-translation ============== Effective translation workflow.

  • Updated translation keys from source.
  • Intuitive web translation interface.
  • Translate every translation problem you can think of.
  • CLI tool for updating and translating.
  • Support for multiple programming languages.

There is a lot of problem involved with translating an application today. Regardless of which languague it is written in. The main problems are maintenance, inefficent workflow and inability to translate complex translations.

Examples:

  • A key got deleted from source. You have to yourself delete the key in all your localization files.
  • If a translation key got added to source. You have to youself add the key to all you localization files.
  • Translators often need to contact developers for translation.
  • Trouble to translate gender context. E.g. You gave him 5 coins
  • Trouble to translate multiple translation forms. Some languages don't just have singular and plural they have more than 2 plural forms.
  • Translators need to learn complex language syntax to solve complex translations. E.g. ICU.
  • Check this slides for more problems: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZyN8-0VXmod5hbHveq-M1AeQ61Ga3BmVuahZjbmbBxo/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000#slide=id.g1bc43a82_2_14

Install get-translation npm install get-translation -g

Create a new project folder test and initialize a new translation project. The initialization guide will guide you through creating a project.

$ mkdir test
$ cd test
$ gt init

Now, create a source file test.js with (at least) the following code:

var firstnameLabel = gt('FIRSTNAME')
  , lastnameLabel = gt('LASTNAME')
  // Pass in variables 
  , age = 7
  , yourAgeIsLabel = gt('YOUR_AGE_IS', { age : age });
  // Pass in multiple variables 
  , cats = 2
  , dogs = 3
  , catsAndDogsLabel = gt('YOU_HAVE_NUMBER_OF_CATS_AND_DOGS', { cats : cats, dogs : dogs});

Now, lets update translation keys from source:

$ gt update

Lets check which translation keys have been added:

$ gt log
%1 FIRSTNAME | NO TRANSLATION
%2 LASTNAME | NO TRANSLATION
%3 YOUR_AGE | NO TRANSLATION
%4 YOU_HAVE_NUMBER_OF_CATS_AND_DOGS | NO TRANSLATION

Edit the last translation using log reference:

$ gt edit %1 "Firstname" # using default langague
$ gt edit %1 --locale=zh "名" # using chinese

Translation are now saved to a localization file. To compile to your source programming language:

$ gt compile

Lets set up a web interface for translator to use:

$ gt interface

Copyright (c) 2014 Tingan Ho Licensed under the MIT license.