[sword-devel] Arabic Translation

See7a sameh.nabil at gmail.com
Wed Mar 30 16:06:47 MST 2005

Let's take it one file a time. I started working on the file in
locales.d for now. I copied the french file, renamed it to ar-utf.conf
and changed the descriptioninthe file header to "Arabic (EG)". The new
entry appeared in the languages list the next time I opened SWORD.

Then I wanted to actually start translating to Arabic, so I saved the
file as utf8. I simply used notepad to do that. As soon as I did that,
the entry dissapeared from the languages menu. Did I miss any step in
the peocedure? I also noticed that all locale files provided under
locales.d are ANSI and not one of them is utf8. Is there any sample of
a UTF8 locale file?

Can any one help me with this?


On Sat, 26 Mar 2005 00:20:31 +0000, Daniel Glassey
<danglassey at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> See7a wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I would like to thank you all for your effort to make God's word
> > availabl. I pray to God to bless you and your work to be always
> > fruitfull.
> >
> > I was thinking about starting to translate The SWORD Project for
> > Windows to Arabic. I have good experience in software development and
> > Arabic is my mother tongue. I just wanted to know first how much work
> > is involved in this and also how is the translation going to happen?
> > do you have separate dictionary files for your software text labels or
> > is it embedded in the source code?
> That would be wonderful. :)
> There are 2 files used for translation.
> There is a file of bible booknames used by all SWORD programs:
> It is partially explained in
> http://www.crosswire.org/ucgi-bin/twiki/view/Swordapi/LocaleFileLayout
> I haven't got a working windows here but I think they are in the
> locales.d directory or something.
> e.g. fi-utf8.conf
> copy it to ar-utf8.conf
> The file should be stored in UTF8 (a form of Unicode) text format.
> Wordpad or possibly notepad should be able to do this.
> Don't worry about the complicated 'abbreviations' part for the moment.
> The most important part is to translate the book names.
> Secondly, the thing that should be translated particularly for the SWORD
> Project for windows is the conf file in uilocales.d in the directory
> that the program was installed to.
> Take fi.conf as an example
> The translation is stored in the form
> English=Translation
> If you need any more help just ask on the list.
> God bless.
> Daniel

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