Better language support needed

Bug #267036 reported by Lars Ljung on 2008-09-06
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Manpage Repository
Dustin Kirkland 

Bug Description

This is a great idea but it needs to be extended to include man pages in other languages. Preferably by honouring the Accept-Language HTTP header.

Siegfried Gevatter (rainct) wrote :

All manpages are already available (including the translated one); see, but I agree that the translations should be made more visible, perhaps by providing links to translated versions at the top (but personally I don't the link the idea to redirect automatically to them, if that's what you meant, but using the Accept-Language header to know what translations the user might want would indeed be interesting).

Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

Hi guys-

Thanks for the bug report!

You're absolutely right... I definitely need to strengthen the language support.

I was thinking of using Accept-Language in conjunction with a dropbox/form that would allow you to switch between languages, setting a cookie in the browser for the locale, and essentially hiding other locales until you change.

What do you think?


Changed in ubuntu-manpage-repository:
assignee: nobody → kirkland
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Confirmed
Dustin Kirkland  (kirkland) wrote :

I've committed some basic support for non-english languages to the development server.

I'm going to mark Fix Committed for now. Basically, there's a drop-down select box to choose the language of the results you want to search for.

Ping me on IRC if you're willing/able to test this for me if I give you the development URL.


Changed in ubuntu-manpage-repository:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Lars Ljung (larslj) wrote :

A drop-down box sounds like a good idea. What happens if the man page is not available in that language, will it fall back to the English version just as at the command line?

Changed in ubuntu-manpage-repository:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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