Resources for i18n publishedBy Chris Williams. Published: 9th Jul 2004, 22:21:50 | Permalink | Printable
Translating RISC OS for the worldDetlef Thielsch, of German RISC OS dealer a4com, has urged more users to help in the effort to internationalise RISC OS by providing translations for foreign users.
RISC OS provides support for other languages by grouping operating system resources (such as interactive help messages, error messages, window designs and sprite icons), into 'territories'. This means a new territory can be written to provide desktop resources for, say, users in Spain without requiring the OS to be re-written or edited by the OS developers. Detlef has therefore produced a set of 'skeleton territories' to encourage translators to lend a hand in the translation of RISC OS.
"What we are trying by providing skeleton territories for some languages (currently Italy, Spain, Esperanto, Netherlands; ask for others), is to encourage native speaking people of a certain territory to translate the RISC OS user interface to their language," explains Detlef.
"Clearly this means it should be a user of the operating system with some experience in using RISC OS. Programming skills are not required but a basic knowlegde might help. We will be happy in assisting people doing the real translation."
Detlef has also provided translations for various large RISC OS software packages, including RISC OS itself along with Andreas Feldner. He also recently wrote an article with Andreas for Archive magazine on internationalising RISC OS, which is available for download from here.
Although RISC OS is known for its UK heritage, it has enjoyed numerous contributions and essential assistance from an international community of users. As we're particularly proud to hear from readers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australasia and back again, we hope Detlef's efforts leave no users behind - especially in wake of recent developments from Select, RISC OS 5 and, hopefully soon, Castle's Merlin.
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