From: Marc Laporte <marc@ma...> - 2006-02-05 06:49:51
There are 6,912 known living languages in the world today. 347 (or
approximately 5%) of the world's languages have at least one million
speakers and account for 94% of the world's population. By contrast, the
remaining 95% of languages are spoken by only 6% of the world's people.
75 languages have more than 10 million speakers. Source: Ethnologue:
Languages of the World, http://www.ethnologue.com/web.asp
We have about 30 languages in Tiki now. Squirrelmail has nearly 50
languages. Given the statistics above, I'd like to see Tiki translated
in over 100 languages within 12-18 months.
It seems to me that the technical part is all solved. Tiki works in
right-to-left languages and for languages which do not use A-Z letters
ex: Chinese/Japanese. Are there any technical challenges remaining?
What should we do to have Tiki available in more languages and for our
translations to be more complete? I would like to hear from people who
have translated or want to translate, etc Below are some open
questions. Please just share whatever is on your mind.
1. What motivates you to translate Tiki?
2. What demotivates you to translate Tiki?
3. Is it easy to contribute a translation? If so why? If not, why not?
How can we have more sites like
Should we setup a site focused on internationalization? A community area
for translators? Ex.: i18n.tikiwiki.org
Is committing your translations via CVS a problem? Should we try to
setup a web interface? Or something like Rosetta?