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JCM International Stories - It Takes a Global Village

Written by | Sunday, 01 August 2010 06:01 | Published in 2010 August
Our Joomla! community spans the globe. We are people who are resourceful, entrepreneurial, geeky, ingenious, artistic, and generous. We like to learn, and we like to instruct. We come in every color humanly possible. The sun never sets on Joomla!, or on the people who create, develop and think up new ideas, every day, in dozens of different languages.
JCM International Stories - It Takes a Global Village illustration by: Yepr

The JCM team considered multi-language access important to offer in the first magazine issue, even if imperfect. Last month Komrade worked hard customizing Google Translator for these pages. The international community noticed.

As the magazine grows, many other ideas will be implemented over the coming months. One of the first to take shape is the possibility to submit and publish articles about Joomla! in languages other than English. We want people to be able to write in their own language, and to make their articles available here.

We've got the whole world in our hands

Volunteers are needed to screen articles in languages other than English for appropriateness and quality. It was a thrill to see this Forum post rapidly inspire representatives for the following 13 languages: Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Lithuanian, Malay, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil and Turkish. Categories will be created for each language in this list, and our goal is to start publishing articles as of September 1.

Help spread the word by encouraging members of your community to write and submit articles. To submit an article in one of the languages listed above, please visit the International Stories page, select your language and submit your idea.

If your language does not appear in this list and you would like to offer your language skills for a new category, please let us know so we can include it!

The world is flat

Leveling the playing field and expanding the scope of opportunity benefits everyone. Many of us can read more than one language, and I for one will be using the Google Translator to tap into the global pulse of Joomla!

I would like to thank Paul Orwig, JCM Lead Editor, for encouraging this idea in every way possible, Komrade for continued support in extending the magazine to include a multi-language submission process, and the Joomla! international community whose enthusiastic response to this initiative confirms its importance and ensures its success.

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Alice Grevet

Alice Grevet

Joomla! sitebuilder and freelance web designer specializing in non-profits. Co-Lead Editor on the Joomla! Community Magazine, and member of the Joomla Community Leadership Team (CLT).

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