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Please make a tool to check language files!


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One thing is that IPB does not care about getting official translations, but they do not care about the people who are translating for free either.

I have created 1.3.1 language pack, but i'm stuck now, because everything is a mess. The files are in different formats (i think the format changed around 1.3), and it's very hard to update them to 2.1.1, because i don't have control on what strings are missing.

So please make a language tool in IPB, that analyzes the language files, and shows what is missing, and maybe reorganizes/rewrite the entire files so that it's easy to edit.

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So this is never going to happen? IPS official standpoint is "You won't get ANY help from us, but please give us the translation when you're done"?

I even contacted them and offered to release a up to date translation - but i needed their help to find strings that were missing. Never got a reply. :ermm:

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Let me quote something Bfarber said in another thread:

Just cuz I didn't respond doesn't mean I didn't see it(and/or already implement it).


Do the staff of IPB, IF, proboards, vb, ezbaords, phpbb, punbb, mybb, etc have to respond to EVERY request they get? No, that'd be FAR to much work (IMO). They have other things to do besides reply to request threads.

IMO (just my opinion) they should be working on tickets, and getting products done (IPD, ICB, IPB, IPG, etc). The invisionfree staff has done the same. When the forum request thread when open (and seeable) about every post/topic that went into that fourm (except for a few people('s)) wanted to know if it's comming to zetaboards. Brandon, seth, and others also have other things to do besides reply to request threads. Let the staff do what they want. . .

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IMO (just my opinion) they should be working on tickets, and getting products done (IPD, ICB, IPB, IPG, etc).



So adding language packs is not about getting products done? As mentioned, it's already really poor that there are no official language packs. Every major software have language packs.

In my company, we get extremely thankful when someone offers to do a huge job for free.
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Well most people that use the internet know English...as far as adding a tool like that, it wouldn't be useful for more than like 5% of it's customers where as getting their other products ready and answering tickets takes care of the current customers and future ones. As for the language pack thing, maybe request at IPS Beyond? This doesn't solve your problem but it might get a pack put out there.

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I know most people speak english, but as a company, they should care about the others also. That's what every other big company does.

And appearantly they did - that's where i contacted them the first time.

The translation i created (most of it), was at that time, used by the 2nd largest Invision board in the world. That board is 100% non-english.
The language did not exist in newer versions, and i offered to fix and officially release it. So it's not like i offered to make a language pack that no one needed - even though i did, they should be polite enough to reply with a no thanks.

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Don't asume that most of the web speaks english. The web is a very VERY big place. The places that you visit or even know about are a fraction, a small fraction at best, of what the internet is. Billions of web pages are added each day (give or take).

Dont remember if this was said or not, but I thought I remember Matt or someone else saying that some official language packs could be avaiable for 3.0. Not completly sure though. I do know that the AdminCP will be language pack ready by 2.2 or 3.0.

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While we do appreciate users efforts at volunteering their time to donate language packs, on our side there is only so much we can do. It's difficult to make a tool that checks for missing strings - we'd need to record EVERY string, and then regex check all flat files for the missing strings - and then about 5% of the users *may* find a use for this at some point.

If you would like updated English language pack it's always available in the current download, and we try hard to put the new additions at the top of the file to make it easy to spot which ones are missing. :)

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Well most people that use the internet know English...as far as adding a tool like that, it wouldn't be useful for more than like 5% of it's customers where as getting their other products ready and answering tickets takes care of the current customers and future ones. As for the language pack thing, maybe request at IPS Beyond? This doesn't solve your problem but it might get a pack put out there.


this was true until 2005. the majority of one billion plus internet users on 2006 speak no english
or broken english
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That's odd...here's a fun fact. More people speak English in China than in America.


http://education.yahoo.com/reference/factbook/ch/

Internet users:
94 million (2004 est.)



China Internet users at 111 mln at end-2005 - CNNIC - Forbes.com
BEIJING (AFX) - China had a total of 111 mln Internet users as of the end of 2005, against 94 mln a year earlier, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said in a report. ... It also said Internet users in eastern China, the country's most affluent region, accounted for 57.8 pct ...

http://www.forbes.com/markets/feeds/afx/20...afx2453515.html
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