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Hello all! I'm new here and I VERY WANT to help I am ready to translate and I can put the translations into the missions. (Russian players even made it some sort of a community project, where everyone who wants to help, translates some parts of the missions. I'm currently helping them.) We want to make a complete translation of at least a few missions. (Including briefings, which sometimes coming as a *.dds files. I also can handle it) But... as always there are a few difficulties. - In Russian it is sometimes just impossible to translate things SHORT. (I suspect not only in Russian) - We can not have our own *xd's and *.dds since they are common for all localizations. I think this is the most difficult part for everyone who starts their own localization. And this is not a criticism of developers - they've made a HUGE work already, which we all are thankful for. I saw people writing that they're not playing TDM because of a lack of translation. We - and me personally - really want to help and made things proper. An there's a decision to make. So the main questions are: -is it theoretically possible to handle "num_pages" in a stand-alone file, which can be edited separately for all languages? I suspect this is a Sisyphean task, so if not, then: -can we make a stand-alone version (*.pk4-file), so it can be downloaded separately on FM's page on the TDM website (OR handle it on our own servers (both ways making it impossible to download from TDM updater - and I'm not sure that developers will agree with such a hardcore and radical decision) for localization files (not just *.lang-files)? - any other solution you can come up with. PS. can it be the main topic for Russian localization? Thank you. UPD: In case if someone's interested in our progress, you can track it down here: http://notabenoid.com/book/53218/ (website was closed for non-registered users, sorry) UPD2: The authors (of FMs) are welcomed to give us their permission on translation here: http://forums.thedarkmod.com/topic/16572-translating-missions-mission-author-consensus-request/ UPD3: Fixed Russian fonts can be found/downloaded here - and, yes, - we're working on subtitles and on translation of all audio files; UPD4: 62 missions translated and counting; Public change log; Sill missing testers, but the first reviews were quite good. At this point i'm kinda ready to admit that... UPD5: at this moment we have 76 translated missions UPD6: 90 missions translated and counting... UPD7: 99 missions translated, tested and uploaded on darkfate.org
I18N Status: Currently, TDM supports selecting a language in the menu, and also translated FMs. However, the work on translating FMs seems to have stalled, and AFAIK, most FMs are still english-only (so the translated FMs are not available to the average player). In addition, most developers are native English speakers, and hence use only English. OTOH, a lot of players are from other countries, but they might be invisible due to the self-selecting audience on the web and forum, as both forum and website are available in English only. There are, however, large communities, like the Russian players (Добрый день!). These are mostly invisible here, as they have their own forum. Maybe there are other communities we don't even know about? Germans? French? Italian? There are also people who select a different language in the menu, which can be seen if people do not know the proper English name for some settings (hinting that they use a different language in the menu naturally). These people might not even think it is something special that TDM is not English-only Poll: So, to gauge how the actual status is and how many people we have in the different languages and what their wishes are, this poll tries to enumerate them. It also asks what you would like to see in the I18N work. Unfortunately, each question is limited to 6 answers only (why oh why?). So, please, if you use (or would use) a different language then in the list, please post it here. It would also be good if somebody could tells us about other communities, and ask there if they would like to participate in the poll. I'm thrilled to found out what we have missed so far The goal of this thread: Find out how many players with native language X we have Find out how many players currently use which language in the settings menu Do non-English players want better support for their language, e.g. would they consider using their language if it was (more) supported? Last but not least: reach out to other communitives in other languages and get their feedback