Getting Started in the Localization Lab Hub
Review the Localization Lab Roles and Guidelines: The Localization Lab Roles and Guidelines will help you understand community expectations for developers, translators, reviewers and language coordinators and how you can most effectively support Localization Lab contributors.
Familiarize yourself with Transifex: On the Translation Tools page of the wiki, you will find resources for how to get started as a developer in Transifex, including how to use the Transifex API and Git integration.
Familiarize yourself with Weblate: If you will be hosting your project on Hosted Weblate or your own Weblate instance, take a look at the Getting Started resources for Weblate.
I18n and L10n Mailing Lists
Localization Lab Discussion Forum: Discussion Forum for all Localization Lab stakeholders including developers, volunteer contributors & partner organizations.
Linguine Mailing List: Mailing list for developers of open source technologies focused on digital security and circumvention.
The Localization Lab Mattermost channel and Localization Lab language-focused channels are hosted on the Team CommUNITY Mattermost instance and are subject to their Code of Conduct. To join Mattermost, follow the instructions on the Team CommUNITY wiki and indicate that you are joining as a member of the Localization Lab community. Once you have created a Mattermost account, you can join the Localization Lab main channel and any language team channels.
General Guides and Tips
Quick Tips and Best Practices
12 Commandments Of Software Localization - TLDR: Don’t concatenate strings! (and more)
Unicode Consortium Common Locale Data Repository
Language Matching: “Language Matching data is used to match the user’s desired language/locales against an application’s supported languages/locales.”
Language Plural Rules
Language Support Levels
Language Codes and Locales
Why does choosing the appropriate language codes and locales matter within the translation tool?
- Glossaries and Translation Memory are only shared across the same language code and locale.
- Ex: hi (Hindi) and hi_IN (Hindi (India) will not share a glossary or translation memory.
Language / Locale Preferences and Resolution
Google Play Store
- Title: 50 characters
- Short Description: 80 characters
- Long Description: 4000 characters
Bidirectional and RTL Language Support
Bidirectionality - Material.io
- Tips for mirroring display and icons for RTL languages.
Firefox OS in Arabic
Building RTL-Aware Web Apps & Websites: Part 1
Building RTL-Aware Web Apps & Websites: Part 2
Web Design For Right-to-Left Languages: the Basics
RTL CSS: Flipping the Web
RTL Styling 101
- An extensive guide on how to style for RTL in CSS
- Wealth of RTL resources including and intro to the bidirectional algorithm.
- Slides from the 2021 RightsCon “Designing for language accessibility: making usable technologies for non-left-to-right languages” session.
- Overview of RTL design considerations from a Human Rights Centered Design community call in 2020.