Here’s an outline of what is currently in Aurora this cycle for Firefox 54.
Current Aurora Cycle – Firefox 54
Key dates for this cycle:
- Beta (53): localization updates for already shipping locales must be completed before 5 April.
- Aurora (54): localization updates must be completed before 17 April. That’s the Monday, also known as merge day, before the next release of Firefox.
- Firefox Aurora desktop has 179 added strings (102 obsolete). About 35% of the new strings are for Developer Tools.
- Fennec Aurora has 44 new strings (28 obsolete). 4 new strings are Fennec-only (in /mobile).
There are currently no pending requests to uplift patches with strings to Aurora.
For further details on the new features you can check the release notes (they’re usually published a few days after release):
- Desktop: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/53.0a2/auroranotes/
- Android: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/android/53.0a2/auroranotes/
Noteworthy Changes Available in Aurora
These are some of the interesting changes introduced in the last cycle.
Several strings were updated changing to Title Case. String ID wasn’t changed in this case, so you won’t notice the change in Pontoon, while you’ll need to confirm the string in Pootle.
Several strings about the legacy Sync code were removed in bug 1296767. Completely obsolete files (6) were automatically removed as part of merge day.
In the last couple of cycles, some strings landed in pref for managing Site Data. To see this section in Preferences (at the bottom of Advanced -> Network), you need to enable (set to “true”) both these keys in about:config
Functionality is still hard to test, since there are no websites using this feature available for testing.
There’s currently no support for plural strings in Debugger. A bug is already on file, in the meantime the only solution available is to reorder the string to avoid associating the number to a noun.
Urdu (ur) is riding the train to release with Firefox 53. It’s great to have another RTL language available for our desktop users.
We currently have 4 other locales working on Firefox desktop, and we really look forward to release them in the next versions of Firefox:
- Latgalian (ltg)
- Burmese (my)
- Nepali (ne-NP)
- Tagalog (tl)
Talking about RTL languages, all four of them (Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Urdu) are now enabled on beta for Firefox for Android, and will be officially released with Firefox for Android 53.
If you want to know more about the process of releasing new locales, or if you speak one of these languages and want to know how to help the localization teams, please get in touch with us.
To all localizers: Thanks again for all the time and effort you put in localizing and promoting Firefox in your language.