Open Source Translation - The Manual

Open source translation tools will allow translators to share work with collaborators around the world. This manual was designed and written by a community of Open Translation innovators using the FLOSSManuals platform to collaboratively author the content.

The field of translation is in a state of transition, and software tools to support language translation are evolving with corresponding rapidity. Open Translation describes a nascent field of practice emerging at the crossroads of three dynamic movements: Open Content, The Free/Libre/Open Source Software and Open production. It is the set of practices and work processes for translating and maintaining open content using FLOSS tools, and leveraging the open nature of the internet to make that content and those tools and processes available to the largest number of contributors and consumers. It promises to profoundly broaden access to knowledge across language barriers.

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