doc.java.sun.com

I've been working pretty hard on the community translation website. It's coming along pretty nicely, although it has been a bumpy ride for the past couple of weeks - the lawyers made me shut it down for a few days while I added a "feature": contributors need to sign a contribution agreement so that we have the right to publish the translations on our website.

There have been a lot of changes, but the most noticable are that users names can now contain characters outside of 7-bit ascii - this was a bigger fight than expected (I love "standards"); and a silly bug that caused documents to be returned in the wrong language, even if the right one was available (oddly enough, mostly happed for English. English is always available, but sometimes something else would be returned).

There's also a developing "Top 10" page that contains some interesting statistics, like the top translators in each language, and the languages with the most activity. I thought the Brazilians (Portuguese) were sure to be the most active, but they're being beaten by the French, Hungarians (way to go keseruk!) and Germans.

There's lot's more to do. I've been experimenting with various different navigation methods (other than the giant scrolling lists). It's endless.

If you haven't given it a try, try it out.

Comments:

Would like to know if we can really use it to start translation of the javadoc ? I mean, is it stable enough now ? Can you give warranty that if something crashes, everything will not be lost ? Because, if we start on line translation of the javadoc, we don't want to take the risk to loose all the job that has been done Vincent

Posted by vbrabant on November 07, 2006 at 05:27 PM PST #

Also, please note that brazilians are not the most active on your on-line translation website because they already started a project long time ago, and they certainly don't want to loose the nice job they did until now. https://jdk-api-localizations.dev.java.net/ Maybe you could try to integrate their translation into your online website. Vincent

Posted by Vincent Brabant on November 07, 2006 at 05:32 PM PST #

You mentioned about different navigation methods for DocWeb, please take a look at http://docweb.kathe.in/

Start typing in the text you wish to search, lets say "Abst" (without the quotes of course), give it a few seconds to warm up and then maybe you'll be pleased with what you see.
As you type in more, i.e. "Abstract", it starts narrowing down the search on the fly, you could go deeper with "AbstractDocument".

Currently clicking on any of the results does nothing, but that can be added almost effortlessly.

I guess your mailbox would be flooded, and the chances of my mail getting lost would be really high. :-)

Posted by Mayuresh Kathe on November 08, 2006 at 12:13 AM PST #

i wanted to contribute but that whole license agreement faxing this just stupid.. sorry :(

Posted by afsina on November 08, 2006 at 02:21 AM PST #

[Trackback] I'm just hangin' on the telephone with IT Blogwatch, in which Skype 3.0 breaks (beta) cover. Not to mention why Chris the ninja pirate went mad...

Posted by IT Blogwatch on November 08, 2006 at 08:57 PM PST #

I think its a great idea. Is there anyway to request additional language addition if enough people sign up for the language?

Posted by Kumar Mettu on November 14, 2006 at 02:11 AM PST #

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