[Xfce-i18n] Norwegian nynorsk translator

Kevin Brubeck Unhammer unhammer at fsfe.org
Sat Feb 4 10:27:14 CET 2012

Eivind <gingermig at yahoo.no> writes:

> Hi,
> I would like to help out with the nn translation of XFCE. I see it's been lagging
> hopelessly behind for some time. I have requested membership in the translation team.
> A short introduction: I am the nn_NO maintainer and translator for WordPress, Ardour and
> a few other open source projects. I live in Fjærland, western part of Norway, I'm the
> manager of The Norwegian Booktown (bokbyen.no) and I do music-related stuff whenever I
> have the time, which is more seldom than I'd like, partly due to time spent translating
> to my favourite language. :-)
> Best regards to you all from
> Eivind Ødegård,
> Norway

I should probably also introduce myself, since I've started adding some
minor translations to nn_NO (might also do some minor corrections on
nb_NO when I find them). I've helped with translations here and there
for various projects (lately OwnCloud, ColorHug, Minitube). I try to
keep to the guidelines for Norwegian FOSS translations defined at

Other than that, I've worked a lot on machine translation with the
Apertium project (though my day job is for a company which, among other
things, creates grammar checkers). And yes, I do use machine translation
for po-file editing, but only between nb_NO and nn_NO. When nn is more
or less empty and nb is more or less complete, it saves a lot of time,
and since Apertium is rule-based, the errors are quite predictable. But
there _are_ errors, I'd guess in about every third translation (although
I haven't done any real evaluation on po-files yet). I use pology's
pomtrans ( http://wiki.apertium.org/wiki/Translating_gettext#Pology ),
which only uses stuff marked non-fuzzy to translate, only translates
previously untranslated stuff, and marks everything that came from MT as
fuzzy to ensure that you don't just upload something that came straight
out of MT.

Although I've edited a lot of po files, I haven't used Transifex much.
There are some things that bug me, which I hope someone else here has
workarounds for:

1. When there's no nn_NO po-file for some project at all, there's no
button that I can see for "add a blank nn_NO po-file", so I have to
download the .pot file and then upload it as nn.po (which includes
actually typing in a path like po/nn.po, which sounds a bit too
freeform, haven't tried what happens if I mistype). Or is there such a

2. How do I get a list of _all_ projects on the Transifex installation
that are missing (or have incomplete) nn_NO translations? 

Other than that, I think Transifex works quite well, although I prefer
my emacs ;)

best regards,
Kevin Brubeck Unhammer


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