Translatewiki handout material

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pdf, png and jpg are non-editable, ooo and psd cannot be uploaded to most wikis (also, psd is proprietary and ooo maybe not the best for this?), so I would go with SVG (though, as it is probably obvious, I don't know anything about design :).

As for the content, I think translatewikis killer features are:

  • very polished collaboration and communication features, by relying on the same software as Wikipedia
  • a good translation interface which makes good use of said features (with the qqq help messages)
  • inclusion of standard translations tools (translation memory, machine translation) into the interface
  • very easy overview of similar messages through the links in the translation memory box. This sounds like a very minor feature (and is very hard to find), but I found it extremely useful in ensuring some level of consistency for the translations.
  • a large and active community (including real-time support via IRC - it might not be directly useful for non-wikimedians, though I am not sure about that, but it is certainly a good way of gouging that a community is active and easy to reach).
  • proven track record by long-time cooperation with several large OS projects

Language variety might not be that interesting for people looking for a translation platform (beyond the huge number of languages, which is certainly impressive); language support (such as input interfaces) probably more so, but I have little experience in that area.

I would leave most of the contact part of the draft out as well - assuming this will be distributed for people who are looking for a translation platform for their project, and might choose Translatewiki for that, they are hardly interested in contacting people on their talk page and such. On the other hand, having an xs4all email address is very unprofessional, and preferring the half-forum, half-wiki interface of the support page over email is even more so. It should really just say "Contact for more information".

Tgr (talk)19:26, 8 September 2012

The original image can be created in an editable image format that supports layers. Then you can create a copy of it in a usual image format like png and jpg. If you preserve the original image files you can edit them at any time and create a new copy in png or jpg and so on.

Michawiki (talk)22:32, 8 September 2012

Yes, but you would still want the original uploaded together with the end formats. I don't think that's currently possible with anything other than SVG.

Tgr (talk)23:11, 8 September 2012

I think for the images (logos) we can go with svg or psd - both are editable with free software (gimp/inkscape). For the document we should use a doc or odt (using another format to design a leaflet is sort of PITA with manual margin/padding calculation) and save the final version in pdf, png and jpg - one of these works everywhere.

A total different approach to this would be using google docs to host it once the basic layout is done (never tried it so don't know what happens to the columns when uploading there).

Marc-Philipp (MtaÄ)08:21, 9 September 2012

Should probably have sections for software developers looking for translation platform and for translators to invite them to join.

Nike (talk)08:01, 9 September 2012

Will create a new version today and link it.

Marc-Philipp (MtaÄ)08:21, 9 September 2012

New version (italic font in the document is a comment - we can use those for discussion here)

Marc-Philipp (MtaÄ)09:29, 9 September 2012

Will create a new version today and link it. double post - can we remove that one please?

Marc-Philipp (MtaÄ)08:22, 9 September 2012