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Sakai 2 6 internationalization review ra l e mengod l pez universidad polit cnica de valencia

Sakai 2.6 Internationalization Review

Raúl E. Mengod López

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

StockHolm, 5-6 May 2009


  • Introduction: Sakai in UPV

  • A little bit of history of Sakai

  • WG: i18n

  • How to build i18n tools

  • Best Practices

  • Sakai 2.6 i18n status

  • Top i18n problems

  • Working to improve

Introduction sakai in upv
Introduction: Sakai in UPV

Introduction: Sakai in UPV

Valencia a place to visit
Valencia, a place to visit

Introduction sakai in upv1
Introduction: Sakai in UPV

  • Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV)

    • Public academic institution since 1971

    • Official and non-official studies

    • Post – Graduate studies

  • The UPV in numbers

    • 4 Campuses

    • 14 Colleges (One down this year)

    • 40 Research centers

    • 33 Grade studies

    • 20 postgrade studies

    • 40.000 Students

    • 2.600 Faculty

    • 1.400 Staff

Introduction sakai in upv3
Introduction: Sakai in UPV

  • Pilot running during 2006

    • Full capabilities

    • Selected group of users

  • Full production System in 2006/2007

    • 4 servers

    • Oracle Database

    • Integrated with SSO

    • Integrated with enrollment system

    • 4.000 sites

    • 40.000 students

  • Based on the 2.1.2 version

    • Translated to Spanish

    • Customized to university requirements

    • Many patches in i18n

Introduction sakai in upv4
Introduction: Sakai in UPV

  • Running 2.4.x in 2007/2008

    • Customized for local requirements

    • Fixed some I18n Issues

  • Plan to migrate to 2.6.x in July 2009

    • Replication of patches on every version

    • The cost for version update is going up.

A little bit of history
A little bit of History

  • Sakai 2.0

    • Universidad de Lleida started the job

    • Properties files for the strings

    • Catalan version

  • Sakai 2.1

    • Running on mono-lingual platforms

    • Spanish version not available

  • Sakai 2.1.1

    • Multi-lingual version by Nagoya University

    • class

    • Stored in the Personal Preference

  • Sakai 2.1.2

    • First version available in Spanish

    • Multi-lingual capabilities (only platform)

A little bit of history1
A little bit of History

  • Sakai 2.3

    • More languages added

  • Sakai 2.4

    • 29 issues fixed

    • Translation Stats Tool

  • Sakai 2.5

    • Fixed 22 bugs

    • Tool to migrate translations

  • Sakai 2.6

    • More languages

    • 11 issues fixed

Wg i18n
WG: i18n

  • Starting point for 18n in sakai

    • Sakai Working Group at confluence


  • What can be found at Confluence?

    • Sakai i18n configuration

    • Translation guide for sakai

    • How to write i18n tools in sakai

    • Translation tools

    • Known bugs

    • Translation Status Tool from Universeit van Amsterdam

Wg i18n1
WG: i18n

How to translate sakai
How to translate Sakai

  • The first step to go forward on i18n is to translate

  • Every language has a responsible university

    • Catalán : Lleida

    • Spanish: Valencia

    • French: UpMC

    • ……..

  • Permission to commit on properties files in sakai svn

  • It is necessary a continuous revision of translations due to changes in tools.

How to translate sakai1
How to translate Sakai

  • Translation Tools

    • Property Files Editors

      • ResourceProperties Editor

      • XLIFF Translation Editor

    • Tool to transfer translations

      • By Smolny University (Sant Petersburg)

    • Transformable and PreferAble

      • By University of Toronto

      • Configure a personal stylesheet

      • Use a right-to-left stylesheet or skin.

    • Translation Status

      • Tool in Universeit van Amsterdam

      • Updated daily from trunk


How to translate sakai6
How to translate Sakai

  • Translation process

    • Local translation and updated to trunk

    • Every language responsible commits files

    • The last chance to commit changes are just after code freeze

    • No changes allowed after Betas releases are created

How to build i18n tools
How to build i18n tools

  • Platform translation vs content translation

    • Sakai supports platform multi-lingual

      • Easy using properties files

      • Difficult when using Database to store platform dependent text o Resources files (html)

    • Sakai doesn’t support content multi-lingual

      • Specific feature for multi lingual areas

How to build i18n tools1
How to build i18n tools

Texts in Database Tables

Texts in Properties Files

Text in Resources

How to build i18n tools2
How to build i18n tools

  • Based on the ResourceLoader class

    • It is a wrapper of the loadbundle class

    • Looks for the sakai preference Language

    • Looks for the Browser Language

    • Gets the server default language

How to build i18n tools3
How to build i18n tools

  • JSF based tools

    • Create a backing bean for message in the faces-config file or in the JSP

    • Set the bean with the suitable property file

    • Use it in the same way as LoadBundle

  • Velocity based tools

    • Create an instance of ResourceLoader Class

    • Put it in the Velocity template context

    • Reference it like any other variable

How to build i18n tools4
How to build i18n tools

  • RSF based tools

    • place the message key right in the RSF template

      • <span rsf:id="msg=page.user.message.key">This is an internationalized message.</span>

    • Use the UIMessage class

      • <span rsf:id="my-rsf-id">This will be an internationalized message.</span>

      • UIMessage.make(tofill, "my-rsf-id", "page.user.message.key");

    • Put the property file in the default place

      • tool/src/webapp/WEB-INF/messages

    • More information in:


I18n best practices
I18n Best Practices

  • Follow the standards described in this guide

  • Always use properties files for user interface text; never include displayable text in java, jsp, or templates

  • Use properties files only for user interface text and config files for configuration settings

  • Use a proper naming schema for keys in your resource bundles. The name of the keys should provide some information about the context of the displayed text. This helps the translators during the translation process. A naming schema could be <view>.<type>.<name>. Examples:, edit.label.title or list.action.addnew

  • Group keys by view, ie. edit.title, edit.instructions, list.title, list.instructions, create.title, etc

I18n best practices1
I18n Best Practices

  • Never use displayable text when executing comparisons within the logic of the tool (separate codified values from displayable text)

  • Always use the ResourceLoader (not ResourceBundle) class for retrieving properties values, and invoke ResourceLoader methods dynamically, to accommodate dynamic user preferences.

  • All dynamically constructed phrases must be sensitive to locale specific subject/verb/object ordering by using the Sakai ResourceLoader class: org.sakaiproject.util.ResourceLoader.getFormattedMessage()

  • Test tools in more than one language

I18n best practices2
I18n Best Practices

  • Only user data must be stored in Database.

I18n best practices3
I18n Best Practices

  • Samigo: Data stored in the Database


I18n best practices4
I18n Best Practices

  • Sepate codes froms descriptions

    • Ex: Codding states

public List getPostingOptions()


List postingOptions = new ArrayList();

postingOptions.add(new SelectItem(PermissionBean.NONE,PermissionBean.NONE));

postingOptions.add(new SelectItem(PermissionBean.OWN,PermissionBean.OWN));

postingOptions.add(new SelectItem(PermissionBean.ALL,PermissionBean.ALL));

return postingOptions;


I18n status
I18n Status

  • Sakai 2.6 is translated to the following languages:

    • Arabic

    • Basque

    • Catalan

    • Chinese (Simplified)

    • Chinese (Traditional)

    • Dutch

    • English (Australia)

    • English (New Zealand)

    • English (South Africa)

    • English (United Kingdom)

    • English (United States)

    • French (Canada)

    • French (France)

    • Japanese

    • Korean

    • Portuguese (Brazil)

    • Portuguese (Portugal)

    • Russian

    • Spanish

    • Swedish

I18n status1
I18n Status

  • I18n Supported Features

    • Ability to type international (unicode) characters into any Sakai tool

    • Ability for any tool interface to dynamically reflect a user's preferred international locale

    • Ability to create worksites whose page titles will statically reflect to a defined international locale

    • Ability to support right-to-left languagesStatus: Supported pending customized skins or CSS

I18n status2
I18n Status

  • I18n Features NOT Supported

    • Ability to create worksites whose page titles will dynamically reflect a user's preferred international locale

    • Ability to create worksites whose page titles and tool interface will statically reflect a site's preferred international locale

    • Ability to create contents in more than one language

Jira i18n issues
JIRA i18n Issues

69 unfixed i18n issues still in JIRA

Jira i18n issues3
JIRA i18n Issues

  • Too many issues for a production system

  • Some issues are from the beginning of sakai

  • A strong dependence on the tool owner to apply changes

Common utf 8 problems
Common UTF-8 Problems

  • Common UTF-8 Problems

  • Make sure tomcat's server.xml includes UTF-8 encoding in all its connectors.

    • <Connector port="8009" enableLookups="false" redirectPort="8443" protocol="AJP/1.3" URIEncoding="UTF-8" />

  • 2) Make sure your database is created with UTF-8 encoding.

  • 3) Make sure the (MySql) connector is defined for UTF-8 encoding in the file. Note that previous releases of Sakai had an incorrect default value:

    • url@javax.sql.BaseDataSource=jdbc:mysql://

Top internationalization problems
Top Internationalization Problems



Top internationalization problems1
Top Internationalization Problems

  • General Platform Problems

  • Formatdefinitionshouldbe in

  • Some QA should control this


  • Different tools use different code to select dates/times

  • Date widjet is not use everywhere

  • Calendar date format should be in

Top internationalization problems2
Top Internationalization Problems

Organization problems

Top internationalization problems3
Top Internationalization Problems

Specific Tools problems

Working to improve i18n
Working to improve i18n

  • Establish a minimum i18n requirements from the community

  • Existing tools should have those requirements

  • Provisional tools to accomplish those requirements

  • I18n should be in QA

  • Sakai new development process

    • Centralized maintenance (avoid dependences from tool owners)

    • I18n maintenance Team to fix bugs

    • Resources from Universities

    • Leadership from sakai

Next steps
Next steps

  • Finish i18n of all tools (homogeneous)

  • Fix all bugs

    • Tool & Page names

    • 68 more…

  • Develop new functionalities

    • Multi-lingual help

    • Easy way of selecting the language

    • Multi-lingual contents version


  • Important code change

  • It’s the time to review i18n of all tools

  • Some new features could be added