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Greenstone Language Support
The Greenstone interfaces have been fully or partially translated into over 60 languages. This includes the Greenstone 2 and 3 web interfaces, the Librarian Interface, the greenstone installers, and collection building scripts. The system is growing and language interfaces become out-dated as new features are added to the software. For each language, we hope to have a volunteer (or several) who undertakes to periodically maintain the interfaces for that language.
Multilingual facilities are only maintained for the latest version of Greenstone. Users who have an older version without the desired language should upgrade to the latest version. Note that for partially translated interfaces, non-translated text appears in English.
Here is a list of currently supported languages (i.e. languages which come when you download a binary or checkout Greenstone from SVN) and their past and present maintainers.
|Language||Maintainer||Past Maintainers and Contributers|
|Amharic||Yohannes Mulugeta, Nebyou Azanaw, Yodahe Zemichael||Abiyot Bayou|
|Arabic||Kamal Salih Mustafa Khalafala, Usama Salama|
|Bengali||Dilara Moni, Faisal Hasan||Prasenjit Majumder|
|Burmese||Kyaw Lwin, Dwight Martin|
|Catalan||Eduardo del Valle Pérez, Universitat de les Illes Balears|
|Chinese (Simplified)||Andrew Yan Han, Jing Wu||Kevin Fong, Anna Huang|
|Chinese (Traditional)||Lilly Ho||Shu-Jen Show|
|Czech||Martin Schulz||Jakub Řehan|
|Dari||Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit|
|Divehi||Fathmath Shiham||Aminath Riyaz|
|Dutch||Gerhard Riesthuis, Elke Duncker-Gassen|
|Farsi||Azad Paknejad, Mohammad Hassanzadeh and Reza Monajjemi||Mohammad Karimi Yazdi|
|French||(UNESCO) John Rose and team including Julie Verleyen (temporarily - candidates are invited), Yvan Arnaud, Emmanuel Ngoi||Antonin Benoit Diouf,Georges Braoudakis, Vianou Francois Godonou, Sandraghassen S. Pillai, Guillaume Hatt, Celine Guimbertaud, Maxime Rouast|
|Gaelic (Scottish)||Laurinda Matheson and Rita Campbell|
|German||Sheshagiri R. Kulkarni LIS Department of Humboldt University||Doris Jung|
|Greek||Maria Tsoni||Dimitris Gavrilis|
|Hindi||K.T Anuradha||B. S. Shivaram|
|Hungarian||Ferenc Katai and Sándor Koroknai|
|Indonesian||Paul Mundy, Dewa Asmara Widjaksana|
|Italian||Julian Fox||Marco Michelino, Massimo Pesenti, Vittore Casarosa|
|Japanese||Gaku Yamaguchi and Kazuhiro Takeuchi||Maruf Hasan|
|Kannada||S.K. Lalitha and K. S. Raghavan from Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, Bangalore.||B. S. Shivaram, K. T. Anuradha, Pradeep Kumar.U.M., Prof. A. Neelameghan, K.N. Prasad|
|Kazakh||(UNESCO) Sergey Karpov and Kalima Tuenbaeva both from UNESCO||Bolatbek Amanbekov, Zhanat Kulenov|
|Lao||Anousak Souphavanh||Dwight Martin|
|Malayalam||K. Rajasekharan, M.G. Sreekumar||K.T Anuradha, Sanjo Jose|
|Maori||Te Taka Keegan|
|Mongolian||Mendbayar Ichinkhorlo B. Sukhbaatar|
|Nepali||Mohan Raj Pradhan||Anup Poudyal, Shiva Ram Shrestha|
|Polish||Maciej Jaros, Marcin Karkosz||Lech Borkowski|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Eliel Carneiro de Oliveira, Claudia Wanderley, Prof. Adalgisa Pinheiro|
|Portuguese (Portugal)||Antonio Pereira Rasga||José Borbinha|
|Pushto||Graeme Foster, Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit|
|Russian||(UNESCO) Sergey Karpov and Kalima Tuenbaeva both from UNESCO, Georgy Litvinov, David (Georgy Litvinov's colleague)||Sergei Korobitsin, Vyacheslav Bakharev, Galina Bachmanova, Zhanat Kulenov|
|Serbian||Bogdan Trifunovic, Vladimir Risojevic||Tamara Butigan|
|Serbian (Bosnia Herzegovina)|
|Sinhala (Sinhalese)||Harsha Balasooriya, Assistant Librarian H.G.P. Sujani Chathurika Dilhani from the Open University of Sri Lanka|
|Spanish||(UNESCO) Jesús Tramullas, Diego Spano|
|Tamil||A. Neelameghan and S.K. Lalitha from Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, Bangalore.||V. Chandrakumar, A. Gnanasekar,Dr. Wmen, Prof. A. Neelameghan, K.N. Prasad|
|Telugu||Prof. R.S.R. Varalakshmi||Dr. Vijayalakshmi Balakumar|
|Thai||Neelawat Intaraksa and Pongtawat Chippimolchai from KIDS-D Project, Asian Institute of Technology||Maruf Hasan, Dwight Martin|
|Tigrinya||Gezae Haile and Yohannes Mulugeta|
|Turkish||Özcan Kabakçıoğlu and Uğur Bulgan|
|Urdu||Ata ur Rehman, Muhammad Shafiq Rana|
|Vietnamese||Cao Minh Kiem, Vietnam Association of S&T Information (VASTI)|
Note, If you are currently a translator for Greenstone or have been one in the past, and if you've not been mentioned in the above list, please contact us at greenstone_team @ waikato.ac.nz. We greatly wish to credit your contribution to Greenstone.
In progress languages
For some languages, a translator has volunteered, but the translated interface is not yet available.
|Afan Oromo||Ibsa Idris|
|Dzongkha (Bhutanese)||Rinzin Dem|
|Kashmiri||Gaffar Ahmad Nadim Khan|
|Kiswahili (Swahili)||Africa Jumanne Bwamkuu|
|Khmer (Cambodian)||Kosona Chriv, Smart Consulting|
|Oneida (Iroquoian)||Indigenous Language Institute|
|Samoan||South Pacific Hosting (a Lost Samoan business)|
|Swedish||Mikael Hiort af Ornäs|
Scope of Translations
Our guideline is that non-programming users doing standard things with Greenstone should be able to work entirely in their own language; therefore we do not attempt to translate the comments that appear in program code, scripts, or configuration files. The language-dependent text in Greenstone comes in the following places.
- Greenstone 2 core web interface Text used in the standard library interface for Greenstone 2. Includes the on-line help pages.
- Greenstone 2 auxiliary web interface Text in the web interface that is generally directed at the library maintainer, e.g. the Administration pages and the depositor.
- Greenstone 3 web interface Text in the Greenstone 3 web interface
- GLI Greenstone Librarian Interface text, including the text on the interface itself, text in the scripts for running GLI, and the GLI online help.
- Collection building Option descriptions and error messages in perl scripts, and plugins and classifiers
- Installer Text that shows up on the greenstone graphical installer
- Greenstone website The Greenstone website at http://www.greenstone.org/.
To register as a designated Greenstone language maintainer, please send a request to the Greenstone team (greenstone_team @ waikato.ac.nz).
There are two methods for working with Greenstone language interface (apart from editing the macro files directly, which is not recommended).
We send you an Excel spreadsheet that contains all the English text strings, with empty cells for the translation. You fill it in and return it, and we install it in Greenstone. This method is probably the best for large-scale translation, but requires Microsoft software.
The Greenstone translator's interface is a Web tool that presents the English text strings needing translation, and provides boxes for entering the translated text. Once submitted, translations are stored in the appropriate language file. The system automatically determines which text strings need translating or updating, and can easily be used to update a language interface.
Generally it is best to use the spreadsheet to create the basic interface and the translation interface to fine tune or update it in the future. In either case you need a username and password, which we supply to designated Greenstone language maintainers.
As soon as you log in, the front page of the translator's interface is presented to you. Read the instructions and start translating! You don't have to translate all the strings in one session – you can stop and continue work later.
This page shows the current translation status of the languages.
- If you know of any resources that might be helpful for maintaining and using a specific language interface in Greenstone, please let us know by emailing the Greenstone team (greenstone_team @ waikato.ac.nz).