This document contains guidelines for translators who translate help documentation for the project.

Note: When you see the term "Sunbird" in this document, it refers to any version of Mozilla Calendar.


Sunbird's help is written in US English. It can be translated into other languages.

Sunbird keeps the content of the help for each language separate. All languages share the help viewer code. The visual style of the help depends on the theme (skin) that the user chooses, so it is independent of the language.


For information about getting source files, see the Source files page. The US English source files are in the directory calendarhelp/text/en-US Other files that you need to translate are in the directory calendarhelp/locale/en-US

Translate the contents of files with these extensions:

.xhtmlThe text of the help.
.cssReusable content
.dtdReusable content
.pngImage (in the image directory)
.propertiesUsed by builder

Do not change the names of the files—leave them in English.

XHTML files

An xhtml file contains HTML wrapped in XML. The HTML is normal HTML, but the tagging is strict.

To translate the file, translate the content of the tags. Also translate the contents of any alt or title attributes. Do not change any other attributes.

For example, to translate: <h3 id="words">Words used in the application</h3> Translate only the text 'Words used in the application'. Do not change id="words"—leave the id attribute in English.

To test the file, view it in a browser. The style sheet draft.css together with the bindings draft.xbl provide a special style that reveals the <index> tags and entities. You can modify draft.css if you prefer—it is not built into the content pack.

CSS files

In the CSS files, translate the text inside doublequote characters. Do not change anything else.

PNG files

Some PNG files contain translatable text, and others do not. Look at each file and make a decision whether to translate it.

If you need to translate the file, try to get the base version with no text. Copy the base version and add text in your language so it has the same meaning as the US English version.

If there is no base version available, you might have to remove the text from the English version or create a new image from scratch.

Save the translated images as 256-color PNG files. Do not change the image size.


The properties files contains some strings and the collating sequence for your locale. They are used by the builder. In, specify the sequence of lowercase characters used for sorting.

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