Translating Mozilla with Portable Object Templates

Thursday March 11th, 2004

Caio Begotti (caio1982) writes: "Everyone who has some contact with great Open Source projects knows that localization and internationalization are really important and even essential in places like France or Italy. The Mozilla project have a nice L10N team but the tool that everybody actually uses isn't so helpful for collaborating over translations. This article explains how you can use .pot files to translate Mozilla products or extensions. Let's retire Mozilla Translator; using .pot files from the GNU/Gettext library is much easier, IMHO.

"The original article was written by me for the Brazilian community Mozilla Brasil but was accepted by the Translate project too as an introduction to the theme. I'm not a real developer, just a enthusiast and amateur translator, so any comments are very appreciated, but sorry about the flame baits or rants."

#5 Re: pot is not a good replacement

by JanC

Friday March 12th, 2004 6:48 PM

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I haven't tried all this, but some things that might help you & others:

(0) Start here: Only 1 (one) person has to do the conversions, all others can jump to (3) now.

(1) Python: There is a Windows installer for Python available here: <> (about 9.1 MiB for v2.3.3)

(2) CVS: TortoiseCVS integrates in Windows Explorer: <>

But you can also download the files from the SourceForge site: <…1920&package_id=97082>

(3) Edit .po files: As mentioned in the article, a cross-platform GUI editor for .po files is poEdit: <>