[Python-Dev] Translated Python documentation

Victor Stinner victor.stinner at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 06:04:21 EST 2017

2017-02-24 16:10 GMT+01:00 Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info>:
>> …And then you need another one to
>> check what was written.  These are practical problems.  There are
>> extant services to support this, they are expensive in either money or
>> time, and the docs produced usually lag behind English quite a bit.
> Is this a good use for some PSF funding? Would companies be willing to
> invest money in translating Python documentation?
> Just because we're Open Source, doesn't mean that everything we do has
> to be purely volunteer.

IHMO translating the *whole* Python documentation at once by a
professional translator can be very expensive, no somthing that the
PSF would affort. Which language would you pick? Depending on what?

We already have motivated translators for free who only ask us for the
permission to make tiny changes to make their life simpler and make
the doc more visible. I'm in favor of allowing them to translate and
make the translated doc official ;-)

IMHO a better usage of the PSF funding would be to organize some local
sprints to translate the Python documentation. Such sprints are fun,
cheap, and can be a nice opportunity to recruit free and motivated
translators. We are looking for people involved to translate the doc
the doc is updated, not only translate the doc once and go away.


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