How to contribute translations to FreeMind follows.
Getting a SourceForge user
To get a SourceForge user, visit creation page, unless you already have a user. (You need a SourceForge user to post your translation to Translations tracker, as described below.)
Getting the latest translations
Choosing the editing tool
Translation files can be edited using variety of tools.
Popeye Screenshot | Download can deal with several language property files at the same time, so you can contrast the original property file data with their translations. Also, the program can highlight all properties that do not have a translation set in one of the selected languages.
PropeditScreenshot can directly edit property files written in Unicode reference characters, thereby saving the time and effort of converting into Unicode through native2ascii. Its plugin is integrated with Eclipse and JBuilder. Files can be opened in the IDE and saved in Unicode. See also Propedit project page.
Plain text editor
A plain text editor is the tool of choice if you are well acquainted with them and prefer them. If so, you already probably have your favorite tool. If not, these tools include Microsoft Notepad, Notepad++, Vim, Emacs and a vast variety of other tools.
Using plain text editor is more tricky in that the language translation files are using Java unicode notatiton, encoding a single non-latin character like \u4567, making the file less readable. A workaround is to convert the language file into UTF-8 encoding first, then edit it, and finally convert to Java notation again. The conversion is described in the following section. Once the text is in UTF-8 encoding, tools like Microsoft Notepad can be used, and the non-latin characters are shown as you would see them in a WYSIWYG editor. However, various plain text editors differ in their capability to show UTF-8 characters. Notepad on Windows XP is definitely able to do that.
Converting between Unicode notations
To convert a file in UTF-8 into \uXXXX Unicode escape notation, you may use native2ascii tool included with the Java SDK. Example of use (Resources_cs.properties.txt is before conversion):
cd C:\j2sdk1.4.2\bin> native2ascii.exe -encoding UTF8 Resources_cs.properties.utf8.txt Resources_cs.properties
Ideally, your file's name will be Resources_xx.properties, where xx is the code of the language (e.g. en, de, dk etc.).
To convert \uXXXX Unicode encoded file back to UTF-8, use a command similar to the following.
cd C:\j2sdk1.4.2\bin> native2ascii.exe -reverse -encoding UTF8 Resources_cs.properties Resources_cs.properties.utf8.txt
For menu items, you can set mnemonics by putting "&" character before the letter of the mnemonic in the title of the menu item. For instance, "&Edit" means that the title of the menu will read "Edit" and its mnemonic will be "e". Mnemonic is a keyboard shortcut accessible in various ways; in Windows, either by pressing Alt + mnemonic, or by pressing F10, followed by the mnemonic. Mnemonics are there not only for the leading menus, but also for submenus and menu items.
Registering yourself as FreeMind translator
If you are seriously planning to become a FreeMind translator, and want to receive Call for translations emails from us, please register yourself as translator by subscribing to TODO:the new mailing list.
When to translate
We send a call for translation email after publishing the first release candidate of FreeMind, as at that point we can make sure that only few or possibly none new texts to translate will be added.
A translator can still start creating and posting translations at any point of time, so he or she can distribute the workload in time.
Using new translation in FreeMind
Menu label checklist
State of translation
Currently, we have the following languages translated. The table below is out of date, mapping roughly the state at 0.8.0. It would be nice if the translators would update it. Up-to-date information of the state of translation can in any case be found in CVS and in Translations tracker.
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