[okfn-labs] i18n/L10n and civic tech projects

Andy Lulham a.lulham at gmail.com
Thu Jul 31 12:29:39 UTC 2014

Thanks for this, Sebastian. I’ve just given it a go and it looks good!

“Integrate with github/bitbucket” seems like the killer bit for open
source projects.

lingohub can both push and pull to a github or bitbucket branch. This
worked for me with minimal faff (though I’d have liked
nicer/customisable commit messages :p) It can also autosync, so you
don’t need to do anything to keep the source translations up-to-date.

Note that github integration is apparently doable with transifex, but
sounds a bit faffy:


On 31 July 2014 10:22, Sebastian Haselbeck <sebastian at lingohub.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone
> thanks @pudo for the help pointing me to the list.
> It's almost a mantra that in software development, i18n/l10n processes are a
> pain in the ass, or a necessary evil - in general it's not the favorite
> thing for most coders to put it simply.
> Now, before you look at my signature and suspect I wanna sell something: I
> work at lingohub.com - but even though we don't advertise it loudly, it's
> free to use for public/open source projects.
> Having said that, what brings me here and what I would love to know is if
> we're as good at relieving the "pain in the ass" aspect as we think we are,
> how comfortably Lingohub might work out for you in your projects, and
> generally I'd just like to get some feedback. At least now you know it
> exists, a really good one among localization management tools, have a look
> :)
> However I also work in the Berlin opengov scene, and the other thing that
> would interest me is how big the need for translations is in civic tech
> projects, what your experiences are, if there are certain requirements by
> governments sometimes, etc. - one project I am aware of is active in local
> community engagement in California, and as such, offering Vietnamese and
> Spanish in addition to English as an interface language is a short-medium
> term goal....
> Many many thanks in advance, I appreciate any kind of feedback!
> Best,
> Sebastian
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