What’s up with SUMO – 31st March

Michał

Hello, SUMO Nation!

March is gone, and we had a little break in posting last week, due to travelling and training. Fear not, we’re back, and there’s at least one more post coming your way this week. Here are all the most recent news and updates from the world of SUMO…

Welcome, new contributors!

If you just joined us, don’t hesitate – come over and say “hi” in the forums!

Most recent SUMO Community meeting

The next SUMO Community meeting…

  • …is happening on WEDNESDAY the 6th of April – join us!
  • Reminder: if you want to add a discussion topic to the upcoming meeting agenda:
    • Start a thread in the Community Forums, so that everyone in the community can see what will be discussed and voice their opinion here before Wednesday (this will make it easier to have an efficient meeting).
    • Please do so as soon as you can before the meeting, so that people have time to read, think, and reply (and also add it to the agenda).
    • If you can, please attend the meeting in person (or via IRC), so we can follow up on your discussion topic during the meeting with your feedback.

Developers

Community

  • Nominations for the London Work Week are locked down and will be sent out soon – the Participation team will contact everyone in early April – in the meantime, take a look at this wiki page for more details.
  • Ongoing reminder: if you think you can benefit from getting a second-hand device to help you with contributing to SUMO, you know where to find us.

Social

Support Forum

  • No new news – we’re still waiting for the plugin check page updates… Bear with us (like a grizzly would)!

Knowledge Base & L10n

Firefox

Now, remember to play nice and don’t make too many crazy jokes on the 1st of April… And don’t believe (almost) anything you see online that day! The next 24 hours belong to imagination and pranksters. Good luck to us all & see you on the definitely more serious end of April 1st ;-)

SUMO Developer Update FAQ

Michał

Hi SUMO Nation!

You may have heard news about changes in the SUMO Developer team. We would like to answer the most frequently asked questions and make sure to answer all other questions you may have.

  • What is happening with current SUMO Developers?

They are moving on to other Mozilla projects, but they will stay as the owners until the new Developer team takes over and is comfortable with the platform. We do not have a date for this happening, yet.

  • Can I still contribute fixes and new features to Kitsune?

Yes, the Developer team will review pull requests the same way they did before. Nothing is changing in this respect.

  • What is the process for submitting fixes and new features to Kitsune?

Again, nothing is changing for volunteer contributors with regard to submitting pull requests and getting them reviewed.

  • What happens if SUMO / Kitsune breaks?

The Developer team are still the owners of the platform. If anything breaks, they will fix it.

  • What does it mean for the backlog of Kitsune bugs in Bugzilla?

We won’t be working on any new features for a while, at least until the new developer team has taken the platform over.

  • Who do I contact if I have questions about developing Kitsune?

Michael Cooper aka mythmon.

Let us know if you have any other questions in this forum thread.

What’s up with SUMO – 17th March

Michał

Hello, SUMO Nation!

Time for a slightly personal introduction… Are you a fan of the whole time change, with Daylight Saving Time and changing times, just because we can’t figure time out, apparently? Yeah, me neither. So, if you missed an important meeting with someone in a different time zone this week because of the change… don’t worry, keep rocking! C’est la vie :-) Let’s get on with the show!

Welcome, new contributors!

If you just joined us, don’t hesitate – come over and say “hi” in the forums!

Most recent SUMO Community meeting

The next SUMO Community meeting…

  • …is happening on WEDNESDAY the 23rd of March – join us!
  • Reminder: if you want to add a discussion topic to the upcoming meeting agenda:
    • Start a thread in the Community Forums, so that everyone in the community can see what will be discussed and voice their opinion here before Wednesday (this will make it easier to have an efficient meeting).
    • Please do so as soon as you can before the meeting, so that people have time to read, think, and reply (and also add it to the agenda).
    • If you can, please attend the meeting in person (or via IRC), so we can follow up on your discussion topic during the meeting with your feedback.

Developers

Community

Social

Support Forum

Knowledge Base

Localization

Firefox

  • for iOS
    • No new news, apart from the documentation for version 3.0 mentioned before.

That’s it for this week, but there should be a post or two coming your way before Monday… I hope! If there’s nothing but crickets, worry not – there will be more news next week. In the meantime, stay safe, stay dry, stay warm, and don’t forget to smile – I hear it’s good for your face muscles :-)


SUMO l10n update

Michał

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Hello, SUMO l10ns!

SUMO l10ns, represent! (lion head image by Elio Qoshi)

SUMO l10ns, represent! (lion head image by Elio Qoshi)

I wanted to share a few updates with you regarding the current state and plans for SUMO l10n – and I hope to do it more or less regularly via the blog.

  • L10n hackathons in your area

The most important piece of news first.  The core Mozilla Localization team together with the global l10n community powering Mozilla are organizing a series of localization hackathons around the world. It would be amazing to see you, SUMO localizers, join the fun!

Please check the dates below and if you see a locale that you localize in, contact the localizers organizing the event through the links below:

April

May

July

August

September

For the complete list of all hackathons this year, please visit the l10n blog.

I hope you can join your locale’s get-together, at the very least virtually.

  • Pontoon video tutorials

I am working on a series of short videos explaining the basics of working with Pontoon on SUMO UI localization. If you have requests about particular elements of it, let me know. The videos will be posted on our YouTube channel and included in the series of Knowledge Base articles for new localizers.

  • Milestones and dashboards

The milestones tracker has been recently updated with new data by locale leaders and localizers. Please use it every month to track the progress of your locale – it makes it much easier to prioritize and navigate the complex map of SUMO l10n :-)

We had plans to make the tracker a part of the dashboards with automatic updates depending on a locale team’s progress, but these will have to wait due to our current dearth of developers.

  • Product priorities

Firefox for Desktop remains our top priority, followed by Firefox for Android and Firefox for iOS. We are still waiting for more news regarding the future of Connected Devices, but for now Firefox OS is no longer a priority. Thunderbird’s KB is entirely in the hands of the Mozillian community.

  • Locale priorities

You have all been doing an awesome job all over the KB, but there are some locales that need a bit of helping out, for various reasons. In the upcoming months I will focus on the following locales for the following reasons:

  • pl, nl – we need more localizers for Polish! We also definitely need more localizers for Dutch, even if Tonnes and Gert are doing a great job of keeping the Dutch KB in the green all the time – they might want to go on holiday at some point (and then we’re doomed! :-))
  • trel, id, vi – Turkish is one of our most popular locales and we don’t have enough people at the moment. Same goes for Greek, Indonesian, and Vietnamese – the hunt for great localizers in these locales is on!
  • arwhile Ghaith & the Mozilla Tunisia team have kicked things off in a great way recently, we definitely don’t want to stop there. Mozilla’s software is used by many Arabic speakers and we have to make it easier to use for them in the future.
  • Questions? Let me know

As always, if you have questions about any of the above, contact me. You can also use the SUMO l10n forums, as usual.

Keep rocking the helpful web with your strong roars, l10ns!

Event Report: 1st SUMO l10n Sprint in Tunisia

Michał

We’re continuing our series of guest posts by you, the people who make SUMO happen. This time, I have the pleasure of introducing Ghaith, a great local(e) leader for the budding SUMO community in Tunisia.

Don’t forget that you can find all the stories written by those among you with a SUMO (or Mozilla) story to share checking this category page.

Sunday, February the 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm: it happened just like that, the first localization sprint for SUMO in Tunisia.

An amazing (and interesting) experience for everyone involved, especially since some of us didn’t have any localization experience before that day.

And there you go foxies: mission accomplished! Here’s the summary of what happened during the first Arabic SUMO sprint in Tunisia.

But first, let’s track you with cookies…

We want YOU to join the SUMO army !

This event was a real opportunity for the new community members (Welcome Adib, Amal, Fatma, Ghada and Marwen!) to participate in their first Mozilla L10n Sprint.

In all, 9 members were active during this 6-hour long sprint, with 4 of them being new members in the Tunisian community.

Ghaith acted as the event’s lead, presenting the tools we were going to use as well as offering advice and directions for the new SUMO warriors to maintain good translation quality.

Although two of our senior community members had to take a break due to personal matters, it didn’t hinder our efforts as we kept hammering at the goals we set.

We’ve mainly been using Transvision (A big thanks to the French Mozilla community for this tool) to search for the UI strings already localized in the Firefox Release repos. We also used an online keyboard that transformed latin letters in their phonetical arabic counterparts for those who were too used to their AZERTY and QWERTY Latin keyboards.

And last but not least, we wanted to experiment with machine translation. A warning though: we are not yet able to obtain understandable sentences from automatic translators, especially in Arabic (Note to self: machine translation is a true gold mine of funny, incomprehensible sentences) – but it did help when a fast way to translate the short and common words was needed, leaving to us only the fixing of the overall form and grammar, and replacing the technical words. Afterwards, we’d obtain a quality sentence understandable by all and in sync with the rest of the Arabic Firefox locale. But as noted, this was just an experiment (albeit a surprisingly successful one), and most of the other localization was done the old fashioned way: by hand.

Ghaith offering a demonstration of Transvision to the team

Did someone say “goals”?

Speaking of goals – as the first localization sprint for SUMO organized in Tunisia, we lacked the proper metrics for such an event. We also planned for this event to be as cheap as possible, so we’ve set a couple of goals for this:

  1. First, we wanted to have a few metrics on which we could work on for future l10n sprints (how many articles per hour one can do, who’s interested in documentation in our community, how to organize time to maximize the results…).
  2. Second, our beloved SUMO milestones. We originally set the bar on localizing 100% of the templates and the global top 20.

Bye-bye templates, you guys were fun to work with.

At the end of the day, we’ve made it to around 85% of the goals we’ve set, with all the templates localized and 75% on the way to finishing the top 20. We can only expect better results for next sessions now that our amazing volunteers are familiar with the localization process for SUMO.

Milestones aside, the other results are promising: we did not sacrifice comfort, and the six hours we’ve set were sufficient to work without stress.

This is the first step for more regional Arabic Mozilla SUMO sprints. Now all we need is to crunch the numbers, scale them for bigger and longer sessions, and keep the awesomeness coming!

The family picture

There you go, a truly inspirational story with a great background of many smiling faces that bring Firefox closer to millions of users using Arabic daily. Thank you Ghaith – thank you SUMO Tunisia! :-)