Mike Szczys · Apr 27, 2013 at 06:00 pm

Find People to Help Translate Labels in Your App

I used machine translation to make the image for this post, but anything more complicated that ‘hello world’ would probably have come out with an awkward syntax and lost meaning for many languages. That’s why when it comes time to localize your app for many different languages, there’s no substitute for having a real person do the translations. Luckily, there are many forum members willing to help out, and XDA Senior Member Benkxda will introduce you to them.

You may remember Benkxda as the person maintaining the list of app testers. This time around, he’s working in much the same way to join translators with developers. If you’re fluent in multiple languages, I hope you’ll consider throwing your hat into the ring. It’s one way to ensure new apps will support your language. All you need to do is private message Benkxda to let him know you’re interested, and then subscribe to the original thread.

Developers can start their own public thread about the translation project, sharing the link to it in the translator’s thread. Please read the rules in the first post. You’ll find that you should only submit if your app is nearly complete. This prevents confusion caused by having to request subsequent translations if features are added or changed.


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Mike Szczys

szczys is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Mike Szczys is a professional musician but spends all his free time working with hobby electronics. As Contributing Editor for Hackaday.com he became interested in Android as some of the early hardware hacks started popping up on the Internet. What followed was a gradually rising addiction to all things Android. View szczys's posts and articles here.
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