Do you know someone who reads and writes Arabic?

”’?? ??? ????? ?? ??? ???? ?? ?????? ??????”’

”’?? ?????? ??????? ????? ??? ???????? ?? ???”’
”’??????? ?????? ????? ?? ???? ???? ??? ???? ???????”’
”’?? ???? ?????? ???? ??? ??? ???????”’
”’TheRiLi – ????? ?????? ??????”’
”’???? ?????? ?????”’

If your browser doesn’t display the Arabic, or you simply don’t read Arabic, Google tells me that this says:
‘Are you a translator or do you understand the other languages”’

”’Provide Content for the Arabs and take in the races that”’
”’Arabic content increase in the richness of your language of love and peace”’
”’Be gentleman and in the evening and provided us with these pages”’
”’TheRiLi – Arab Society for Linux”’
”’Will be back later”’

Early in 2009 someone translated some pages of UserBase into Arabic. Unfortunately (s)he did so as an unregistered user (which we no longer allow) and so we have no way of contacting him (the main reason for disallowing the practice). To my untutored eye, much of what is there is probably still valid, but there are updates and corrections needed. I’m reluctant to lose this work, which could easily be copied and pasted into the new Translate system, but it really needs someone capable of spotting the things that are no longer quite right and correcting them.

If you know someone who may be willing to help it could either be directly translating into UserBase (and I will provide links to the old pages) or by telling me to delete paragraph “da-di-dah” and substitute “da-di-dah-di-dah”. There are always ways and means – we just need a little skilled help Smile

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  • Mohammed Bassit

    I’d be happy to help translating. I read and write arabic well

    Comment | October 21, 2010
  • annew

    I finally found the page that started the whole discussion – it’s at http://userbase.kde.org/Welcome_to_KDE_UserBase_(ar). I suspect that it is a translation of an out-of-date page, but I’d love to see Arabic back on the translation list.

    Comment | January 1, 2011
  • I know at least one Arabic KDE user, and I can ask in the local (Israeli) LUG for more. Give me a few days.

    Comment | October 21, 2010
  • Adriaan de Groot

    Anne, from looking at the HTML of your post it looks like something went wrong with cut-and-paste, since it *really* has nothing but question marks there. Perhaps you can link to the original?

    Comment | October 21, 2010
  • annew

    First let me apologise to all who answered. I’ve no idea how I came to miss these offers, and I’m truly sorry.

    We gave up on the page from which I originally quoted – as far as we could tell the paragraphs didn’t match the English one, or anywhere reasonable near, so there was a fair chance that it was significantly out of date. As for the display – it showed perfectly on UserBase, so I guess it’s not an installed fonts problem, but I have no idea what it would have taken to get WordPress to display it properly. Sorry.

    To all of you who offered help, and in particular to Mohammed Bassit, we still do need Arabic translators. Currently we don’t have one at all. If you are willing to help, use the link in the sidebar to sign up for a translator account. We have how-to pages and can help you get started.

    Comment | December 29, 2010
  • Afiefh

    You might want to contact the guys at http://www.arabeyes.org, as far as I know most(all?) of the open source translation to Arabic goes through them.

    PS: The Arabic text is not displayed in your post.

    Comment | October 22, 2010
  • annew

    Thank you.

    Comment | December 29, 2010

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