Translations are managed on Transifex. If you are interested in adding a new language, first let us know here. We will then set you up on Transifex. No coding skill are required for translations.
Policy for Translations
- No Google/AI or other automated translations.
- Only native or as-good-as-native speakers should translate.
- As there is a need for continued maintenance, a translator should be also a user of vorta, having some own interest in the translation (one-time translations are not that helpful if there is no one updating them regularly)
- A translation must have >90% translated strings. If a translation falls and stays below that for a longer time, it will not be used by vorta and ultimately, it will get removed from the repository also.
Adding a New Language
- Only add a new language if you are willing to also update the translation in future, when new strings are added and existing strings change.
- Request a new language by opening a new issue on Github. We will then add it on Transifex.
Updating a Language
- Please only work on a translation if you are a native speaker or you have similar language skills.
- Open a new issue on Github.
- Edit the language on Transifex.
Using and Testing Transifex Translations
- Extract from source files (needed after most code changes to update line number):
- Push to Transifex:
- Pull finished translations from Transifex:
- Test with specific translation:
- Scale strings to test UI:
LANG=de TRANS_SCALE=200 vorta --foreground
We use Qt’s translation framework. Some guidelines for translations:
- Original strings in
.pymust be American English (en_US) and ASCII.
- Headings, buttons and dropdowns are titleized: “Apply Changes”
- Field labels (same or next line) end with a colon and are titleized. “Allowed Networks:”
- No full stop
.at the end of short labels, but when it’s a full sentence.
- If something is in progress, use three dots (no ellipsis): “Starting backup…”
- Repo/repository = local or remote folder where Borg stores files.
- Archive (not snapshot) = result of
borg createexecution, an identifier to find a collection of files in a repo, as they existed at a past point in time.
Not translated, always in English:
- log messages (log file as well as log output on console or elsewhere)
- other console output, print().
- py source code, comments, docstrings
- GUI texts / messages
Add new strings for translation:
- In Qt (sub)classes, use self.tr(“English string”), scope will be the instance class name.
- Elsewhere use
vorta.i18n.translate("scopename", "English string")
- To only mark a string, but not translate:
vorta.i18n.trans_late(Translated string will be used later. E.g. when displaying settings.)
To successfully run the translation-related Makefile targets, the translations maintainer needs:
lrelease(from Qt package)
txTransifex client (from Github, it will ask you for a API token when first running it)
Install on Debian:
$ apt install qttools5-dev-tools pyqt5-dev-tools
Install on macOS via Homebrew:
$ cd requirements.d && brew bundle