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This document is divided in two part, if you want to help us translate the OSGeoLive documentation, the first part will guide you through the Transifex platform. If you want to help us build it the second part will give you more technical information about Transifex, sphinx and the building process.

Translate on Transifex

Thanks for helping us translate the OSGeoLive project documentation !

You can find us there:

Available languages

As for now (august 2022), there is 36 registered languages for the project. If your language is not in the list below (or on the updated list on Transifex), please make a request to add it !

The list of Languages:

  • Hungarian (hu)
  • Italian (it)
  • Spanish (es)
  • Spanish (Argentina)
  • Spanish (Latin America)
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Japanese (ja)
  • German (de)
  • French (fr)
  • Finnish (fi)
  • Swedish (sv)
  • Turkish (Turkey)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
  • Dutch (nl)
  • Chinese (zh)
  • Chinese (China)
  • Chinese (Taiwan)
  • Polish (pl)
  • Russian (ru)
  • Swahili (sw)
  • Estonian (et)
  • Albanian (sq)
  • Albanian (Albania)
  • Arabic (Egypt)
  • Bengali (bn)
  • Bulgarian (bg)
  • Catalan (ca)
  • English (Albania)
  • Greek (el)
  • Hindi (hi)
  • Korean (ko)
  • Portuguese (pt)
  • Romanian (ro)
  • Urdu

Connect to the Transifex platform

If you don't have an account, please create one and then go to the project page.

Look for the language you want to help with (or ask to add it if it is not there already).

For each languages, there is a list of resources, it is the files to translate (actually 180 of them).

Files to translate

The list of resources are classified as:

  • ">>" Urgent - OSGeo-Live related files

  • "" High - Projects related files

  • "-" Normal - Deprecated projects files (not for translating)

You can easily order them by Version (v11) and and descending priority

Please note that the urgent files are the OSGeoLive project files, if you are more comfortable translating only the files of a project provided by OSGeoLive, it is perfectly ok. :)

Please note each project has 2 files:

  • an overview prefixed with overview--<name of the project>
  • a quickstart prefixed with quickstart--<name of the project>


Once you have choose a file to translate, a little summary appears:

  1. The choosen resource and the language, here overview--overview (French)
  2. Word count
  3. String count
  4. Translation button

After clicking on the translation button, you access to the translation panels:

  1. String counts: Total, non translated, non revised
  2. Reviewed string
  3. Translated non reviewed string
  4. raw string (in English)
  5. Raw string to be translated
  6. Translation panel
  7. Translation save button
  8. Review button (if you are a reviewer)
  9. Suggestions panel (from past translations, by similarity)

By clicking on a string in the left panel, it will be placed in the panel 5 and if possible a translation will be proposed in 6. You can edit this translation right from the panel 6 then save it by clicking on 7.

You are an OSGeoLive translator ! Congratulations !

Thanks for helping us !

Now, you can translate another string then another, etc. And Then another file :)

Welcome aboard !


There is several roles where you can help us.


This role can translate strings, it is the most important job !


If your a confident enough in your language and technical knowledge, you can become a reviewer and review strings to fix the possible typos.

Language coordinator

A coordinator can accept new Translator and grant Reviewer privileges. With a lot of different languages, it helps a lot the administrator.

Build the documentation

The general process OSGeo-Live used for documentation:

This section is a work in progress, please excuse us.

<ul> <li>The developer use ReStructuredText syntax to write the documentation in English.</li> <li>That documentation is then used with Sphinx to generate the english html, man, pdf, etc.</li> <li>Also using Sphinx-intl the *.pot files are generated.</li> <li>Those *.pot files are used by Transifex and they contain only the strings that need to be translated.</li> <li>Translator works with those strings using the process bellow.</li> <li>When the translator finishes a language, the git hub mantainers proceed to download the generated *.po files that contain the translated strings and commit them in git hub and update the documentation page.</li> <li><p>Users can create their translation using:</p> <p>tools/transifex/ fr</p></li></ul>

Translations to French are going to be used as examples along this wiki, we choose French so you can focus on what is being translated and what is not.

Before you start

Prepare your clone for documentation

## Prepare the directory
git clone docClone
cd docClone
git checkout develop ## new things come into develop, then are merged into master
mkdir build
cd build

## prepare the documentation for French (English is automatically build)
cmake -DHTML=ON -DFR=ON .. 
## Build the doc
make doc
cd ..

Downloading translation

  • To download a particular file.

Best when reviewing the file:

tx pull -l fr -r osgeolive.quickstart--ideditor_quickstart
  • Download the latest translated *.po files of your language based on translation percentage.
tx pull -l fr --minimum-perc=100
  • Ask for help:
tx pull --help

Checking the download

git status

A possible output:

Have your language documentation html open.

Viewing your language html will help to put strings in context and/or check the translation.

tools/transifex/ fr The French documentation would be in


Transifex files that are not accepting translations.

Files not accepting translations are marked with a red dot, maybe the file belongs to a previous version of OSGeo-Live documentation, or it was moved from one directory to another. Those files are not erased from the system so any translated string can be reused.

English spelling and grammar

Sometimes the developers and the reviewers have typos in the English version, you will see spelling typos with a wavy red line, unfortunately it is too late to correct them for the current version. So proceed with the translation with the best of your ability. For the grammar, if you don't understand what is being told, please go to issue 200 to post a comment stating the file and pasting the English string. If a change has been considered, the string to be translated will be posted on the &quot;instructions&quot; for the string.

Working with small strings

Choose the small files first.

For &quot;small&quot; I mean the ones that have very few strings to be translated. That will start building up a bank of translated strings that can be used in larger files. To detect a &quot;small&quot; file go to the list of [resources] ( and choose a file with few words or few strings.

Use &quot;translate&quot; button

The &quot;translate button&quot; comes quite handy, you still have to check the translation, and there is an &quot;undo&quot; button if you think that its better for you to type the translation than to modify the machine's translation.

Don't use &quot;translate&quot; button on stand alone references like

{{{en: :ref:sample ja: :ref:サンプル &lt;--- wrong}}}

Use a &quot;suggestion&quot;

When you work with transifex it builds up a translated string bank and it will show one or more suggestions. If the suggestion is very close to what is needed, use it, and change the translation to the final translation of the string. Example:

{{{en: :ref:pgr_astar&lt;pgr_astar&gt; - Shortest Path A* Use suggestion: pgr_astar - A*アルゴリズムを用いた最短経路探索 Modify to: :ref:pgr_astar&lt;pgr_astar&gt; - A*アルゴリズムを用いた最短経路探索}}}

Use &quot;copy button&quot;

Copy the the stand alone references like

{{{en: :ref:sample ja: :ref:sample}}}

Type a translation

You can just type your translation.

Go to the next string

When you finished translating the string press &quot;tab&quot;, that way it get's saved, if you click to a different string, maybe because the next string is already translated, then it won't be saved (green/white stripes).

Save your translation

Make sure all strings using the &quot;Save all unsaved translations&quot; button.

Check your work

This step is needed not to check the translation but to check that ReStructuredText in the translated strings is correct. Many things might be wrong, an extra space, a missing space or a missing character &quot;`&quot; .

Download the translated file and recreate the translation

If the file you modified in transifex is doc--src--changelog--index and want to check the Japanese translation

{{{tools/transifex/ ja pgrouting.doc--src--changelog--index tools/transifex/ ja}}} Navigate to the the translated file, for this example it would be

build/doc/html/ja/doc/src/changelog/index.html Notice the relation between names:

{{{Transifex name: pgrouting.doc--src--changelog--index Html Generated File: build/doc/html/ja/doc/src/changelog/index.html}}} And visualy compare the &quot;looks&quot; with the [English version] (

Use the &quot;Approve translation&quot; button

When the file is fully translated (except the navigation bar), you can are about to approve the translation, ????????

  • Check the links first, example: there is a link to sample data.


{{{html: 上記クエリは サンプルデータ のネットワークを使用しています。 &lt;-- sample data is translated or: 上記クエリは Sample Data のネットワークを使用しています。 &lt;--- sample data needs translation}}} If you can navigate the links, you are ok

If you are ok, then choose a string and click the &quot;Approve translation&quot; button.

Which file is next

Do doc--index last

That way you can use the &quot;Use suggestion&quot; in this file.

Work &quot;important&quot; files first

All files are important, but the following files are the core of the project. Most of them have repeated strings, so the &quot;Use Suggestion&quot; tactic is perfect, and you can use the search box to find them.

  • your project files: you know that project certainly better than us, especially in your language; starting by the overview then the quickstart
  • OSGeoLive files: there is several core files for the OSgeoLive documentation:
    • index
    • overview--overview
    • overview--toc
    • quickstart--virtualization_quickstart
    • quickstart--usb_quickstart
    • quickstart--osgeolive_quickstart
    • copyright
    • contributors
    • translators
    • presentation
    • sponsors


They are listed with a red double ">" priority sign

Work the &quot;almost finished&quot; files

After you finish a file, you can choose a file that is &quot;almost done&quot;. I found pretty uncomfortable the list placed at the left, so to choose an almost done file I recommend:

  • Click Documentation
  • Click on your language
  • click on the sorting button (sorts by % of termination)

This is very useful when you have a lot of files already translated

Work files that belong to a directory

Based on the following files:

  • doc--src--changelog--1_x ... 150 words (25 strings) ...
  • doc--src--changelog--2_0 ... 277 words (26 strings) ...
  • doc--src--changelog--index ... 4 words (3 strings) ...

Maybe you started working with doc--src--changelog--index, so the next step would be to work with

  • doc--src--changelog--1_x
  • doc--src--changelog--2_0

So you finished a section, go Translation Check your work.


Please post any question in issue 200

The :ref:nameoflink link is not translated


{{{en: The queries use the :ref:sampledata network. ja: 上記クエリは :ref:sampledata のネットワークを使用しています。 html: 上記クエリは Sample Data のネットワークを使用しています。}}} Thats and indication that the referenced page for Sample Data, isn't fully translated. If you can click on the link and navigate you are ok.

The :ref:nameoflink link is the only thing that is translated


{{{en: The queries use the :ref:sampledata network. ja: The queries use the :ref:sampledata network. html: The queries use the サンプルデータ network.}}} Maybe you navigated into an untranslated page that has a reference to a translated page.

I don't see the link but I can read :ref: in the html page

This is a common problem when using the translation button.<br /> Example

{{{en: The queries use the :ref:sampledata network. ja: 上記クエリは: ref:'sampledata'のネットワークを使用しています。 html: 上記クエリは: ref:'sampledata'のネットワークを使用しています。}}} The link's generated by the button need to be corrected, I suggest to copy the link together with its sorrounding spaces from the English version:

{{{ ------------------- en: The queries use the :ref:sampledata network. ja: 上記クエリは :ref:sampledata のネットワークを使用しています。 html: 上記クエリは サンプルデータ のネットワークを使用しています。

or: 上記クエリは Sample Data のネットワークを使用しています。}}}

WARNING: Inline literal start-string without end-string.

You will get this error is when using tools/transifex/ Languages like Japanese that don't use spaces to separate words are more likely to have this error. Unfortunately the error is shown only in line 1.

Inline literals [specs] ( require a space before and after. The inline literals we use the most are of the type inlineliteral like in:

{{{int4 id of the end point int4型の始点ノードのID &lt;--- this will generate the error int4 型の始点ノードのID &lt;--- this will also generate the error (a space is after the 4) int4 型の始点ノードのID &lt;--- a space is (before as a new line and) after the inline literal}}}

Tools for the Reviewer


Use to update the *.po files that are in your system with the latest translation stored in Transifex.<br /> Languages available:

  • es - Spanish
  • fr - French
  • ja - Japanese
  • de - German

tools/transifex/ [es|ja|fr|de] [pgrouting.&lt;filename&gt;]

To download all language translations:

tools/transifex/ To download all the translations of a particular language:

tools/transifex/ [es|ja|fr|de] To download the translation of a specific file you need to state the language also

tools/transifex/ [es|ja|fr|de] [pgrouting.&lt;filename&gt;]


Use to create: html, man, pdf documentation of the languages based on the *.po files stored in your system. Languages available:

  • es - Spanish
  • fr - French
  • ja - Japanese
  • de - German

To create the documentation of all the languages

tools/transifex/ To create the documentation of a particular language:

tools/transifex/ [es|ja|fr|de] The main index.html of the documentation will be located at:


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