translating dtdocs

Translation of the darktable documentation is done via our Weblate instance.

You can either use Weblate’s web UI to translate the documentation or download the translation from Weblate to your computer, edit it, and then upload the changes.

Please do all translation work through Weblate. We will not accept pull requests directly on github to update PO files.

🔗Making a new branch in git

  1. Make a new branch to work on it in git. For example: git checkout -b fr-translation-init

🔗Adding a new language to Hugo

  1. In the files config.yaml and config-pdf.yaml, locate the languages: line.

  2. Add the language you wish to translate. For example, the English looks like this:

        title: darktable 3.4 user manual
        weight: 1
  3. Save the files.

🔗Generating a PO file

Do the following steps if you want to update the POT and PO files from the markdown source.

  1. Create an empty PO file for your language in the po folder with the file name content.<language>.po. For example: touch po/
  2. Run the script to populate the PO file: cd tools/ && ./ --no-translations

🔗Generating translated files

Do the following steps to generate the website files from a translation.

  1. Generate the translated files: cd tools/ && ./ --no-update.
  2. Check the translation by starting hugo’s internal server: hugo server
  3. Open a web browser and check the changes. The URL is in the output of the hugo server command.
  4. Remove the translated files, as we never check them into git: cd tools/ && ./ --rm-translations.

🔗Translating website and PDF strings

There are two themes for the darktable documentation: one for the HTML website and one for the PDF. You’ll need to translate the strings for both.

  1. Go to themes/hugo-darktable-docs-themes/i18n.
  2. Copy content of the file en.yaml and name the new file <your language>.yaml.
  3. Translate the content of the new yaml file.
  4. Check the translated PO file into git, push it to github, and open a pull request to have your changes accepted.
  5. Repeat the last four steps for the other theme, themes/hugo-darktable-docs-pdf-theme.