Translations can be done either via Weblate (preferred) or by using Qt utilities.
For explanation for some frequent words see Glossary.
Translating Keyboard Accelerators
Some texts contain single
& character that is not visible in UI and is used
to mark the following character as keyboard accelerator (the character is
usually underlined in UI). This is used to quickly access labels, menu items
etc. with keyboard shortcut.
&File menu item can be accesses with
Alt+F shortcut on most
If multiple UI elements have the same keyboard accelerator, associated shortcut cycles through them (if pressed multiple times). It’s better to avoid this by defining unique accelerator, but that’s not always easy.
If unsure, use the original one enclosed in parentheses, e.g. label
For&mat: can be translated to simplified Chinese as
Writing Translatable Code
All GUI strings should be translatable. This is indicated in code with
tr("Some GUI text", "Hints for translators").
Adding New Language
To add new language for the application follow these steps.
Create new translation file with
Add new language file to Git repository.
Translate with Weblate service or locally with
Install Weblate Client:
pip3 install -U --user wlc
Lock and push changes from Weblate (remember to unlock later):
wlc lock wlc push git pull
Update and push new translations to repository:
utils/lupdate.sh git add translations/ git commit -m "Update translations" git push
Pull changes to Weblate and unlock:
wlc pull wlc unlock