Call for polyglots

The next release of Music Applet is approaching, with the main task remaining before 2.3.0 ships being to updating the translations.

Here’s where you can help. According to intltool-update -r, the current status of the translations is:

ar: 73 translated messages, 33 fuzzy translations, 14 untranslated messages.
de: 8 translated messages, 23 fuzzy translations, 89 untranslated messages.
es: 8 translated messages, 23 fuzzy translations, 89 untranslated messages.
fr: 8 translated messages, 23 fuzzy translations, 89 untranslated messages.
it: 38 translated messages, 51 fuzzy translations, 31 untranslated messages.
ja: 8 translated messages, 23 fuzzy translations, 89 untranslated messages.
nb: 12 translated messages, 18 fuzzy translations, 90 untranslated messages.
nl: 106 translated messages, 14 fuzzy translations.
pl: 106 translated messages, 14 fuzzy translations.
pt_BR: 97 translated messages, 18 fuzzy translations, 5 untranslated messages.
sv: 106 translated messages, 14 fuzzy translations.

Clearly, some of the translations have been unmaintained for some time now, and trying to use them would actually be worse than not having them at all. Why? The “fuzzy” translations are ones where the string that had been translated doesn’t quite match what the program is using, so the “translation” that will be used might not actually be correct anymore. With some of these languages, the translated text is literally more likely to be wrong than right.

So, unless someone volunteers new translations for German (de), Spanish (es), French (fr), Italian (it), Japanese (ja), or Norwegian (nb), I’ll drop them entirely rather than include them in the 2.3.0 release. If you’re interested in contributing, you can download the translation files and get to work.

I’ll be contacting the translators who have contributed translations for Arabic (ar), Dutch (nl), Polish (pl), Portuguese/Brazil (pt_BR), and Swedish (sv) privately to let them know about the string changes since 2.2.1 and give them an opportunity to update their translations accordingly.

I’m planning on pushing out the 2.3.0 release sometime in about a week. If you’re interested in maintaining one of the old translations, or wish to contribute a new one, but need a little more time, let me know.

Thank you to all translators, past and present, who have contributed to Music Applet. I’m still amazed at how so many people have volunteered to contribute translations, even though this is the first time I’ve ever asked for any publicly.