[www.kde.org] [Bug 394019] New: [Usability] l10n.kde.org hinders new translators to contribute

Sven Claussner bugzilla_noreply at kde.org
Tue May 8 20:18:00 UTC 2018


            Bug ID: 394019
           Summary: [Usability] l10n.kde.org hinders new translators to
           Product: www.kde.org
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: Other
                OS: All
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Keywords: accessibility, usability
          Severity: normal
          Priority: NOR
         Component: general
          Assignee: kde-www at kde.org
          Reporter: scl.gplus at gmail.com
  Target Milestone: ---

As a potential contributor of translations I find it hard to quickly find all
required information to start.

I'd like to contribute to the German UI translation to Krita. So I browsed the
krita.org website and found a link to l10n.kde.org. Still I was motivated.

Expected result:
With only very few user interactions the new contributor finds a page with
*all* necessary information to start quickly and contribute.

Steps to reproduce, results:
1. At l10n.kde.org read an overview page. In the list box select German team
which only works by mouse. Typing in the first letters G, e, r etc. will always
bring me to the Galician site, because this is the first list item starting
with G.
2. At the German team's site see first a table with links to Statistics and
items like "GUI messages for kdelibs4-based trunk etc.", then some other
information. These items might be meaningful for someone who as been working in
the KDE system for years and knows where to search for a particular
application, but not for a new contributor. So he is left with diving deeper
and hopefully finding it by trial and error.
3. After clicking each statistics list item, one sees a list of packages - not
telling him which contains the desired application. So trial and error on the
next level.
Eventually I found Krita in trunk-kf5, extragear-graphics. To get there I used
the search input field bottom left of l10n.kde.org. I typed in "Krita" and
found a mess of irrelevant items like "zh_TW messages errors for revision
1511747". As a computer savvy person I read the first item's URL with the text
"trunk-kf5" in it, went back to the statistics pages, searched in "GUI messages
for KF5-based trunk". Even I as a person with tech experience found this
awkward. How much more laborious and frustrating must this be for someone else
without a Computer Science degree.
The next thing: reading the krita.po file I see items that don't match to the
appearance on the screen. Some seem to be translated properly while being
untranslated on the screen. Perhaps the file on the website doesn't match to
the latest stable version I downloaded from the website. 
As it seems the website was designed from insiders for themselves, but not for
After all this mess I feel frustrated and rather live with the bugs or try
another software than ever thinking again to contribute.

Here is a proposal:
1. At the l10n.kde.org landing page show an interface as easy as the Google
search: two text input fields for the application and the language and a search
button. The text input fields could also be two combo boxes with a smarter text
completion than the list box in step 1.
2. As search result show a page with all the necessary information at hand:
links to the po file (latest version, released versions), team contact, how
tos/tutorials, translation process etc.

It would be fine if you could consider this.

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