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Old 10-25-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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DCS localization effort

In light of so many topics regarding translations of available English or Russian documentation into languages other then those shipped with DCS, I would like to suggest more official approach to localization effort. I do not ask ED to change their plans nor to press additional languages into existing distributions. Rather, I suggest something like "language packs" that end-users could download by themselves after installing DCS.

There are market researches according to which about 70% of software consumer prefer localized application over non-localized. It is my strong belief that expansion of localization can give immense boost to popularity of DCS, not mentioning revenue.

If DCS is going to be distributed with addition of Spanish, French and German localizations, that means there must be some level of organization. That organization will not suffer on account of additional languages, as their distribution could be organized separately.

Naturally, providing a bit of official support and help for interested groups is mandatory so they could more easily localize DCS into their own languages. The help would include providing files with source strings, help on implementing those, and means of testing and distributing. Preferable means of distribution of localized packages is DCS web site. This would be great improvement over unofficial GUI localizations, such as Croatian, because I've lost many month just on searching for language strings and endless testing.

This is nothing to be scared off or frowned upon. I work on several localizations, among which I would like to mention KDE as most complex, but well organized. Their current list of language teams is quite long, but they distribute only those translations that have certain percentage of basic packages actually translated. Similarly, DCS could distribute only those packages that are translated in full and within agreed timeframe. Here I would like to suggest only to separate GUI translation from translation of various Manuals, as the later is much more complex.

I've contacted several members of this forum asking them if they are interested into joining up on such effort and I was surprised with enthusiastic replies. I hope they will be equally enthusiastic in public, so we could show out interest into improving and enhancing DCS, thus making it unique in a special manner - as only multilingual flight simulation!

I hope that a person of authority from ED/TCF will seriously consider my suggestion. We want to help!

Thanks for considering

EDIT - List of languages for which community expressed desire to work on GUI localization and Game/Aircraft Manuals translation.
(lang - contact person, webpage/forum)

Project location:
DCS Localization
Project discussion forum:
Croatian LO/DCS Support - DCS Localization

Chinese - 3GO*CHN-443, web: 3GO workgroup
Croatian - Renato71, web: Croatian LO/DCS Support: lockonhr.com
Lithuanian - ZaltysZ, web: Lietuvos Virtualūs Pilotai
Norwegian - d0ppler
Polish - Jascha, forum: http://www.il2forum.xt.pl
Serbian - =4c= Hajduk Veljko, web: www.4c-squad.rs
Thai - Leafer
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Old 10-25-2008, 04:06 PM   #2
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and here are few guys who are already translating DCS manual to Polish : http://forums.eagle.ru/showthread.php?t=32908
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Old 10-25-2008, 05:22 PM   #4
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Old 10-25-2008, 07:42 PM   #5
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Great idea!
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Old 10-25-2008, 09:51 PM   #6
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Thanks for your support! I hope that big brass ( ) will read this and consider it seriously. There is no extra cost in time or money, no need to take eyes opf their work - just slipping some guidelines over the table.

With all those (more or less) bad news going on, I think an effort like this could realy pimp-up DCS. With a little show of help and support, we could expand popularity of DCS so nobody will have to look "elsewhere" to get thier copy of DCS - and in their language
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Count me in, brotha.

Forgot to say that I don't think I have the time nor the will nor the brain to translate the manual into Thai, but the GUI -- no problemo.
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Good idea. I support you too Renato.
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:38 AM   #10
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Quite nice response, especially from Poland
I think we should start creating a list of volunteers for this poject! If you agree, I would like to edit my first post with info on your language and contact person, maybe even a web page if you have one.
Send me a PM or post your info here, and I will create a list. I've contacted some of you earlier, but I did that using personal judgement and topic starters
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