Weblate with Michal Čihař - Episode 88

Summary

Adding translations to our projects makes them usable in more places by more people which, ultimately, makes them more valuable. Managing the localization process can be difficult if you don’t have the right tools, so this week Michal čihař tells us about the Weblate project and how it simplifies the process of integrating your translations with your source code.

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Michal Čihař about Weblate

Interview with Michal Čihař

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you explain what Weblate is and the problem that you were trying to solve by creating it?
  • What are the benefits of using Weblate over other tools for localization and internationalization?
  • One of the advertised features of Weblate is integration with git and mercurial. Can you explain how that works and what a typical translation workflow looks like both for a developer and a translator?
  • Given that part of the focus for the tool is to allow for community translation, how do you simplify the experience for first time contributors?
  • I understand that Weblate is written as a django application. Is it possible to use Weblate with other Web frameworks or non-web projects?
    • Can this be used with projects implemented in other programming laguages? Are there any capabilities that are lot in this scenario?
  • Why should developers and product managers be concerned with localizing an application? How does Weblate help to reduce the level of investment necessary for such an undertaking?
  • What are some of the biggest difficulties that you have encountered while building and maintaining Weblate?
  • What are the most common problems that you see people encounter on both the translator and developer side when dealing with internationalization and localization?

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