Localizing your Drupal site just got a whole lot easier

Whenever you spot an untranslated string on your Drupal site, you need to:

  1. Remember the string or at least some unique identifier from the text.
  2. In Drupal 6 go to Administration - Site building - Translate interface - Search tab; in Drupal 5 go to Administration - Site configuration - Localization - Manage strings tab.
  3. Enter what you remembered in step 1 and hit submit.
  4. Identify the string in the result list or if it is not found, go back to step 1 and find an actually unique part of the string to search for.
  5. Hit Edit on the item in the result list if found.
  6. A form with all languages are displayed, fill in the translations you want to provide.
  7. Go back and check whether the translation was used properly.

This is quite time consuming and error prone. Of course a lot of people suggested that we should have a solution which gets closer to the user, but it was not implemented before. So here I am to tell you that there is a solution for you which just works and eliminates nearly all of the steps above.

Filebrowser module seeking maintainer

Three months ago, I posted a request for people to take over some of my modules, so I can concentrate on supporting the set I am actively developing and using better, and the other modules get proper maintenance going forward from other fine folks in the community. Nearly all of the modules found their maintainers, but I am still searching for a new maintainer for filebrowser module.

Helping your Drupal events succeed

DrupalCon Barcelona Photo by morten.dkAt DrupalCon Barcelona, I decided to volunteer to fix the "event organization and promotion problem" around Drupal. We had a great "next DrupalCon" BoF where we discussed a lot of bigger and smaller details, and it was decided that we should retain this knowledge. Robert Garrigos announced the BoF initially to hand over the knowledge they learned while organizing the event, so we needed to find a permanent place to write up these notes.

This was also a good opportunity for me to step a bit ahead from the "internationalization and localization guy" stereotype. Now that we are growing the Drupal system to support local and international communities of all sorts, we should improve our infrastructure to help our own communities grow and promote themselfs. That is the next step for world domination, I thought.

Back home from DrupalCon Barcelona 2007, sharing slides

I am back home again from DrupalCon Barcelona 2007. I must say that it was a very exciting event. It was fantastic to meet people with whom I last met in person in 2005 in Antwerp (on the first famous meet-in-person developer meeting which was in a hotel basement). The Drupal community grew a lot since then. Dries mentions that last years Brussels conference had 150 people while this years Barcelona event had 450, which means the conference is three times bigger.