A french translation of the book

C. Michael Pilato cmpilato at red-bean.com
Tue Feb 13 12:36:03 CST 2007

C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> There have been so many folks volunteering to do a French translation, I
> don't know what to do.  Yesterday, I got this:
>    Subject: Translation svnbook in french
>    From: Frédéric BAZILE <fbazile at free.fr>
>    Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2007 19:50:36 +0100
>    To: cmpilato at red-bean.com
>    Hello
>    I'm interested in translating the svnbook to french, because i saw no
>    one's working on it. I've already began, and wanted to know if i
>    could join the community as a french translator.
> And at some point in the past, I put together this page, which contains
> still more folks who've expressed interest in doing a French translation:
>    http://svnbook.red-bean.com/trac/wiki/TranslatorHookUp
> I'd love to see a translation done, but despite all the noise about
> wanted to do so, nobody seems to actually be doing anything.

So, I've now traded a few private mails about this topic, and before I lose
track of everything, I'd like to summarize what I've learned.

As it turns out, there *is* a French translation effort ongoing.  I was
contacted by Christophe Chauvet <christophe at kryskool.org> (Cc:ed herein),
who pointed me to that translation team's Trac instance at

So, per Christophe's (wise) request, I've updated the TranslatorHookUp Wiki
page to point folks look to be French contributors over to that site.

Also, I did the following in communications with Christophe:

   * First, I extended an invitation for his team to move their efforts
     to svnbook.com, offering to load their repository history and such
     into ours, grant commit priveleges to his team members, etc.  Short
     of doing that, I asked if one of them would at least maintain
     an index.fr.html page for us that could point to their remote
     translation efforts.

   * Secondly, I mildly chastised him for the fact that they are basically
     popping up the svnbook.com web pages (or older versions of them, at
     least) on their site.  That's not such a terrible thing except that
     a) they still say things like "This is the online home of Version
     Control with Subversion..." (which is not true of kryskool.org),
     and b) they don't point folks back to svnbook.com for the non-French
     stuff.  There are a lot of broken links on those pages as a result.

So, I hope that there can be at least some unification of efforts around the
French translation of the book.  I'm thrilled that such a translation is
happening, but am concerned about the user confusion caused by the obvious
disconnect between the two efforts.

C. Michael Pilato <cmpilato at red-bean.com>

"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting.  It has
 been found difficult; and left untried."  -- G. K. Chesterton

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