[scribus-dev] Scribus documentation translations temporarily removed from builds

a.l.e ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Tue Nov 9 08:01:08 CET 2010

hi christoph,

as i've already stated i feel a urgent need to see 1.4 released.

the documentation is certainly an important part of the scribus experience, but -- to me -- in the current state of the project, the team should focus in getting a stable code out and working.

so, my reaction: hopefully this effort won't affect any other task!

i'd really love to see a planned release 1.4.1 which will follow short after 1.4. with all the updated documentation, the new color palettes and other goodies which make scribus more shiny but are not affecting the scribus core functionality.

and if parts of the doc are too outdated, simply remove the parts which don't fit and add it again into 1.4.1.

just my 2c


> Hi all,
> Those of you who build Scribus from scratch, as well as those who
> will install the soon-to-be-released 1.3.9 and try to use Scribus
> with a Czech, French, German or Polish UI translation, will notice
> that the document translations don't show up in the Help Browser --
> they will see the English documentation instead.
> The reason for this rather drastic step is the status of both the
> translations and the English original. After a review of the
> available documentation, it was decided that a rewrite of many of the
> existing documents was necessary, and we also added new documents.
> This work will continue for some time, and it should be understood as
> a part of the regular development process. We hope to be able to
> present a "retreaded" documentation in v. 1.4, and as with code, you
> are invited to test and proofread what is there and to suggest
> improvements.
> Personally, I think it's better to provide an English version that's
> up to date than a translation that had been written years ago, around
> the time Scribus 1.0 may have  been current, and which may have
> become factually flawed by now. 
> Of course we'd be glad if new translators would show up and translate
> the documentation into another language. But those who might be
> interested should wait until the rewrite of the English version has
> been completed. We will announce this in time
> If you wonder what happened to the "old" translations, rest assured
> that they haven't been deleted. If you check out svn, they're still
> where they have been before (in ~/Scribus/scribus/doc/), but they
> won't be installed by default. If you want to install them anyway,
> open the file CmakeLists.txt in the aforementioned directory with a
> text editor. You will only see the following line:
> If you want the French translation to be installed, add another line:
> Save the file, rerun cmake, make and make install, and now you have
> the French translation available again.
> Cheers,
> Christoph

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