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This Drupal code sprint in Switzerland is a week-long event which will define and implement tools that will let organisations efficiently translate content on websites powered by the open source Drupal content management system. The resulting plug-in, the Translation Management Module, will be a key tool for reducing both the cost and effort in maintaining multilingual Drupal websites.
Drupal already powers multilingual websites today, but the translation and maintenance processes can be challenging and complex. The goal of this code sprint is to enable anyone with the requisite language skills to be able to translate and maintain multilingual content–its articles, pages, blog entries, and so on–on a Drupal website without having to learn any Drupal-specific skills. Professional translation services will be able to connect to their customers’ Drupal websites to provide language services directly fro their own systems. The Translation Management Module will also provide translation-, quality-, and financial-control functionality, putting it in a position to become the standard solution for multilingual Drupal websites.
Miro Dietiker, Partner at MD Systems, and co-organiser of the code sprint, comments: “The code sprint will create and standardise important functionality for Drupal. The translation service providers we have contacted thus far are very supportive of this work and are working to adapt and reprogram their own systems to work seamlessly work with our standardized translation management functionality. I guess that there are at least 150 thousand multilingual Drupal sites online and we are looking forward to maintaining and expanding this functionality for a long time to come to help all these sites manage their multilingual content.”
About Drupal: Drupal is free, open-source software that powers over a million websites and online applications. It runs on industry-standard hosting platforms and connects to virtually all legacy systems. Drupal's success has spawned an enormous business ecosystem, and thousands of pieces of add-on software extend what it can do. Learn more at drupal.org.
About the code sprint: Drupalevents.ch is bringing together 21 Drupal developers for seven days of intense coding. At standard rates, these 147 work-days of Drupal development to create seamless APIs for website translation and workflow management are worth roughly a quarter of a million dollars. Sponsors of the code sprint include Supertext, Microsoft, and Acquia.