How to translate OpenJUMP into another language
The steps on how to translate OpenJUMP
This in an example for translation into Brazilian Portuguese.
NOTE The steps below show the translation on the operating system windows. The steps however are pretty much generally the same for every operating system.
- Translation process
- download the latest development snapshot from one of the snapshot repositories
- unpack it e.g. to 'C:\OJfolder' (used in the subsequent steps)
- if your operating system is configured to use the language you want to translate you can skip this step
- edit the start script for your platform
- locate the following lines in the file OJfolder\bin\oj_windows.bat, a similar line exists in oj_linux.sh for MacOS and Unix os's
rem --- uncomment and change your language/country here to overwrite OS locale setting ---
rem set JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% -Duser.language=de -Duser.country=DE
- uncomment the line
- add your language and optionally country code
set JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% -Duser.language=pt -Duser.country=BR
- extract the folder language from 'OJfolder\lib\openjump-core-*.jar' (where * are nightly built specific name) into 'OJfolder' resulting in 'OJfolder/language' containing lots of jump_*.properties files
- look in language folder for a file called "jump_pt_BR.properties". If it does not exist see #On new translations and come back here thereafter.
- open the file with your favorite editor and translate the strings
- HINT if it appears like one line of text try an editor that supports unix line breaks e.g. wordpad
- you will see that on left side is an identifier string while on the right side of the "=" (equal sign) is the translated text
- HINT new strings have a date line just before like [sstein 7 march 2007]
- when you are finished editing, save the file
- NOTE you should verify your changes by running OpenJUMP now and doublechecking your changes
- start openjump with the start script for your platform
- check the translated strings
- send me the modified properties file to sstein@geo(....) or
- to the development mailing list http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/jump-pilot-devel
After adding it, the nightly built of the next day should include your Portuguese translation. I hope that is detailed enough :o) If questions appear please don't hesitate to contact me (Stefan/sstein)
On new translations
- please simply make a copy of the file jump.properties file and rename the copy to your language abbreviation (e.g. the swedish one should be like: jump_se.properties)
- translate everything
- put the properties file into language folder
- intuitive to use properties file editor with automatic utf-8 escape char support
- get it at
- mirror of the version at the time of writing (http://sourceforge.net/projects/jump-pilot/files/tools/attesoro_1_8.jar)
Translation of non latin languages like Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese etc.
- Use an UTF-8 capable editor (notepad, notepad++, jEdit ...) to do the translation and save a UTF-8 text file as jump_zh_HK-utf8.properties.
- Convert the utf-8 to unicode using native2ascii.exe (part of the java development kit, e.g. C:\Program Files\Java\jdk<version>\bin\native2ascii.exe
native2ascii.exe -encoding utf8 jump_zh_HK-utf8.properties jump_zh_HK.properties
- ATTENTION characters such as chinese may not be shown properly in the splash image.