Localizing BBCodeXtra

If you never noticed the menu item in this blog, I’m the developer of a small add-on for Firefox called BBCodeXtra: it’s an extension, started about 10 years ago, that makes posting on forums and other places (e.g. GitHub) a little less painful.

This extension, currently at version 0.4.1, is localized in 16 languages: de, es-ES, fi, fr, he, it, ja, ko, pl, pt-BR, pt-PT, ru, sk, sr, th, zh-TW.

For the first time in years, I’m going to release a new version that includes new features, and therefore new strings. While I obviously love localization and localizers, I don’t intend to work with localization platforms for an add-on with a very limited set of strings and infrequent updates.

The new version (v0.5.0) will be released with all the existing languages enabled, but the new strings will be left in English (excluding Italian). Starting from the next version, I will drop locales that go below 60% unchanged strings (currently it’s about 70% for all locales).

If you want to contribute updating your localization:

  • Source code is hosted on GitHub. Localizations are stored in /extensions/locale. If you’re already familiar with GitHub, great. If you’re not, you can try with this tutorial or try using the online editor available on GitHub.
  • If you want to receive an email before the next release, in case I have to add new strings and you want to localize them before release, send me an email at flod(at)lodolo(dot).net and I’ll organize a mailing list.

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