November 6, 2008

[Reminder] Thunderbird 3 beta1 string freeze in eight days (2008-11-14)

I want to remind everyone, that we're the string freeze for the Thunderbird 3 beta1 release is approaching fast. We will freeze our strings for the beta1 release on Friday, November 14.

For those of you, who do not try to keep up with our string changes on a daily basis, now is a good time to take a look at all the string changes that have happened lately.

The l10n dashboard should give you a good indication on which areas of your locale need the most work. Documentation of the dashboard is available.

What many of you will notice right away is, that we've worked hard on removing unused/obsolete strings in the last weeks. Removing all those strings from your localization is something that can already be done before the string freeze as we are not planning on bringing those strings back. I know that this cleanup work means additional work for you, but hopefully it will make things easier for new localizers signing up to work on Thunderbird l10n.

In our last pre-release (alpha3) we managed to release with 28 locales. I hope that we can increase this number in this pre-release to 30 or maybe even 35.

I really hope that you will surprise me :)

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask here, in the l10n newsgroup or in #l10n on IRC.

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