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Common information

To create a translation you need Qt utils: linguist - for translation; lupdate - for .ts file updating and synchronsation with the source code, lrelease - for compilation into .qm file, which is used by program, and qmake - for .pro file creation, if it doesn't exist.

Well, for translation you need: Qt,Qt-dev >= 4.4

Translation files placement

Your qutIM configuration folder is `~/.config/qutim`. There you have (or should create) a folder for translations: `~/.config/qutim/languages`. There should be a separate folder for each language, e.g.: `/.config/qutim/languages/ru`. In that folder .qm files are placed.


It's better to name files in the following way: `core` - for qutim core, and other names - are the names of the corresponding plugins, e.g.: icq.ts, jabber.ts etc.

Old core revisions (before 215) didn't support multiple files and could load only `main.qm` which should consist the translation of all the modules.

How to create a .pro file and how to add file for update

Well, for translation you need .pro file. If you haven't one, it can be created by the command:

qmake -project

Attention! This .pro file is useless for compilation, it's used only for translation!

To start a translation you should point translation file in the .pro file, i.e. add translation filename to the TRANSLATIONS section. If you haven't that section, you can create it, e.g.:

TRANSLATIONS += qutim_core.ts

Now you should create this file or update it with the translation update command.

How to update translation

To update translation file .ts you should execute:

lupdate ./

This will update and/or create files for translation. To create file useful for the program, execute the command:

lrelease ./

Also you can use `release` command from the Qt linguist.

How to do a translation

To do a translation, you should run linguist, from the terminal it can be run by command:

linguist ./file_to_translate.ts

Or you can run it from your DE menu, and choose .ts file in the linguist.

Translation is done in user-friendly program so you'll mustn't have any problems with it. Don't forget about Save and Release in File menu. And you should update your .ts file after each source change.

en/how_to_translate.txt · Last modified: 2013/07/15 02:22 (external edit)