[vbox-dev] The documentation is translated into French

Michael Thayer michael.thayer at oracle.com
Wed Feb 13 16:53:51 GMT 2013

Hello Jean-Philippe,

First things first - many thanks indeed!  Second things second - I 
reworked the files you submitted a little to make them build.  The main 
changes were re-saving some files as UTF-8 and replacing the   and 
œ sequences which were not working, as well as updating 
UserManual.xml.  I have made my updated versions available together with 
the PDF output at


On 11/02/13 20:46, Jean-Philippe MENGUAL wrote:
> On Monday 11 Feb 2013 à 15:48:25 (+0100), Klaus Espenlaub wrote:
>> What's your platform? Windows? Linux? If we know those details it should
>> be reasonably simple for us to work out some steps which doesn't need
>> you to build the whole product tree (and have all prerequisites).
> I use Linux. Linux From Scratch. As translator of LFS book I have common docbook
> utilities for XML.
If you were able to get the configure script to finish then you should 
be able to just do


in the docs/manual directory to only build the documentation.  I hope 
that will work in practice too!

>>> 2. Some review would be useful. I will let readers report the problems and
>>> I'll make an appeal to review, but it would be fine is a French-speaking here,
>>> for instance the people who translated the GUI, could review.
>> Certainly... with a document of this size it's simply normal to have
>> some typos in the initial version. We'll see how fast we can manage to
>> find some native speakers to proofread.
> Cool. Thanks.
I added a message to the translation ticket on our bug tracker to get 
the French translation maintainer's attention and hope that he sees it. 
  Perhaps you might also try going onto the #vbox IRC channel on 
freenode.net and just asking for French speakers, or to the 
vbox-users-community mailing list or the forums?  See


Thanks again!



>>> 3. I could not do the screenshots in French. It would be fine is someone could
>>> convert his interface into French and generate the screenshots to put them in
>>> images/ directory. It would be more relevant for the final user.
>> This should be doable once we're past the initial proofreading phase...
> Perfect.
>>> 4. Finally, is the translator of the GUI wants to talk with me about the translation
>>> or if you need some translation of the GUI, I am available. I'll send my updates
>>> patches here anyway (and try to stay informed regularly of the svn updates).
>>> I gues no notification system exist?
>> I'll talk with our translation coordinator to establish the contact with
>> the GUI translator responsible for French.
> Fine.
>> trac (which is the application behind www.virtualbox.org) has a
>> notification system in the form of a RSS feed in several places, e.g.
>> the timeline or the revision history.
>> A RSS feed URL for monitoring all changes in the manual subdirectory
>> (limited to the last 300 revisions) would be
>> https://www.virtualbox.org/vbox/log/trunk/doc/manual?format=rss&limit=300&mode=stop_on_copy
>> You can use your favorite RSS feed reader (FireFox has a built-in one).
> Great! I'll examine these utilities.
>>> Please let me informed if you don't want to add this translation in the SVN
>>> repo. I'll put it in other place.
>> This will certainly go into the repository very soon. Would be a shame
>> to ignore a language spoken by more than 200 million people (according
>> to Wikipedia).
> Great! Thanks
>>> Hope it helps.
>> I'm certain it will. Thank you very much for the effort to reach more
>> users in their native language.
> So I'm pleased.
> Best regards,
>> Klaus
>>> Best regards,
>>> JPM
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