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Can’t you graph that graph

I’m going to just recreate blame, he said. It’s going to be easy, he said. We have a project to migrate the localization of Firefox to one repository for all channels, nick-named cross-channel, or x-channel in short. The plan is to create one repository that holds all the en-US strings we need for Firefox and […]

On updating the automation behind l10n.m.o

Or, how to change everything and nobody sees a difference. Heads up: All I’m writing about here is running on non-web-facing VMs behind VPN. tl;dr: I changed 5 VMs, landed 76 changesets in 7 repositories, resolving 12 bugs, got two issues in docker fixed, and took a couple of days of downtime. If automation is […]

Update to the l10n team page

I’ve given the team pages on a good whack in the past few days. Time to share some details and get feedback before I roll it out. The gist of it: More data in less screen space, I just folded things into rows, and made the rows slimmer. Better display of sign-off status, I […]

Create your own dashboard

We have a lot of data around localizations, but it’s hard to know what people might be looking for. I just switched a new feature live, edit your own dashboard. You can select branches of products, as well as the localizations you’re interested in, and get data you want. Say you’re looking for mobile and […]

Progress on

Today we’re launching an update to (elmo). Team pages and the project overview tables now contain sparklines, indicating the progress over the past 50 days. Want to see how a localization team is doing? Now with 100% more self-serve. If the sparklines go up like so the localization is making good progress. Each spark […]

A tale of convert and convert

Or, how I made converting gaia to gaia-l10n suck less. Background: For Firefox OS, we’re exposing a modified repository to localizers, so that it’s easier to find out what to work on, and to get support from the l10n dashboards. Files in the main gaia repository on github like apps/browser/locales/ should become apps/browser/ and the […]

Risk management for releases at scale

Let me share some recent revelations I had. It all started with the infamous Berlin airport. Not the nice one in Tegel, but the BBI desaster. The one we’ve thought we’d open last year, and now we don’t know which year. Part of the newscoverage here in Germany was all about how they didn’t do […]

Language packs are restartless now

Language packs are add-ons that you can install to add additional localizations to our desktop applications. Starting with tomorrow’s nightly, and thus following the Firefox 18 train, language packs will be restartless. That was bug 677092, landed as 812d0ba83175. To change your UI language, you just need to install a language pack, set your language […]

Why l10n tools should be editors instead of serializers

If your tool serializes internal state instead of editing files, it’ll do surprising things if it encounters surprising content. Like, turn errNotSemicolonTerminated=Named character reference was not terminated by a semicolon. (Or “&” should have been escaped as “&”.) into errNotSemicolonTerminated=Named character reference was not terminated by a semicolon. (Or “” should have been escaped as […]

Rapid releases and the l10n dashboard are friends now

Wait a second, we’re on the rapid release schedule for almost a year now, and 9 releases. How can the l10n dashboard be friends with the trees only now? Well, I’ve hacked and lied and tweaked and spoofed the data for a year. No more. The obvious changes are: Localizers as well as drivers can […]