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Thanks to many contributors and their localizations in the community, 玩嘉电竞下载注册 is available in lots of different languages from around the globe.

How come 玩嘉电竞下载注册 is available in so many languages?

玩嘉电竞下载注册 has around 200 million users worldwide. One of the reasons to its widespread use is its availability in many languages. To get there, we internationalized 玩嘉电竞下载注册, abbreviated as i18n. This means that we actually built 玩嘉电竞下载注册 so that it is easy to translate or localize, abbreviated as l10n and every single expression in the 玩嘉电竞下载注册 interface, called a string, is available for translation in the Transifex platform.

Currently, there are 4,819 translators that localize 玩嘉电竞下载注册 into more than 130 languages. When someone translates a string from the 玩嘉电竞下载注册 interface into a language, designated reviewers check the translation to ensure the quality.

Of course, translations vary in their grade of completion. Not every string of the 玩嘉电竞下载注册 interface is translated into every of these 130 languages (not yet – however, you can help change that 😉). With new 玩嘉电竞下载注册 versions, new strings appear in Transifex, so even if a language has been translated to 100 %,   that number will change again according to the localization activity.

Patrick Maier, Product Manager, 玩嘉电竞下载注册: “ The collaboration with the Transifex community has been very fruitful over the last more than ten years of 玩嘉电竞下载注册 and has brought a lot of value to our product. We are proud that there are so many volunteers that contribute beyond code or testing. The Transifex community has made it possible that 玩嘉电竞下载注册 is accessible and usable by people all around the world, which of course makes a great portion of 玩嘉电竞下载注册’s success. We are very grateful, appreciate the work and hope that 玩嘉电竞下载注册 brings at least the same value back to the community.

Why get involved and translate?

There are many different reasons for engaging. Some 玩嘉电竞下载注册 users simply like to give back. There are also users, who want to use 玩嘉电竞下载注册 in their respective language and then they go and make that happen. Others look for some translation practice, or they are altruistic, enjoy helping people and being part of the community.

One  exemplary contributor is Efstathios from Greece. He has been using 玩嘉电竞下载注册 since version 1.2, so from the start. In the past, he translated 玩嘉电竞下载注册 to Greek, gathering a community of like-minded contributors and even organizing translation events. As a result, he brought the Greek translation of 玩嘉电竞下载注册 to nearly 100 % at one point . Since 玩嘉电竞下载注册 is not static, it is now at about 95 %.

“I want to give back somehow”

Efstathios chose to provide translations as he was already an active  translator to other open source projects. He wants to help more end-users to reap the benefits of using 玩嘉电竞下载注册. Also, he hopes to see more companies and the public sector adopt Open Source software such as 玩嘉电竞下载注册 – and by making the Greek interface of 玩嘉电竞下载注册 available, he does his part to achieve this.

Organizational benefits

Beyond individuals, there are also corporate contributors. Each year, the benefits and the logic behind Open Source become evident to more executives in businesses and public institutions all around the world. 玩嘉电竞下载注册 provides secure productivity for organizations. While English is the closest thing to a lingua franca the world has, only a minority of the earth’s population actually speak it. Also, many people who speak English still prefer to use their mother tongue. Having 玩嘉电竞下载注册 available in their staff’s languages can significantly boost productivity. Contributing to a translation through a platform like transifex speeds up translation because an organization does not have to start from scratch but can build on what is already translated by other members of the 玩嘉电竞下载注册 community, reducing the effort for everyone involved.

Less legwork for admins

One particular group of contributors are IT admins. They usually speak English even when the staff at their organization does not. To make life easier for their users, these admins often contribute translations, which has the added benefit of reducing support tickets.  

Overcoming obstacles

Greek translator Efstathios identifies two major hurdles that keep people from contributing: They often believe they need programming skills to contribute, and they think they don’t have the time. While the first one is easy to clear up, the second hurdle has some substance. For his part, Efstathios explains to potential contributors that he also has little free time – he actually translates to calm himself down when he’s on breaks or before going to sleep. Another positive side effect according to Efstathios is: “ I got involved in open source back in 2006, I liked the whole community thing…Those contributions led me to meet new people, either online or in person. Meeting new tech people might lead to business opportunities in the future (you never know) .”

How to contribute

If you want to join the 玩嘉电竞下载注册 localization community, then you can read more about how to get started here:  Add translations and help to localize owncloud! 

We also want to thank each and every contributor and look forward to welcoming new translators in the community: THANK YOU, you make a huge impact on the accessibility of 玩嘉电竞下载注册!

Katrin Giza

About the Author

Katrin is very passionate about community. What she likes best about her role as a community manager at 玩嘉电竞下载注册 is connecting people and enabling synergy effects and new projects in the community space. She is a coffee addict, the worst jogger in the world but ok at Tennis and when she is not working, her kids tend to keep her very busy.

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Novembre 16, 2021

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