FUEL Punjabi Meet : A move to standardize Punjabi Computing terminology

FUEL Punjabi is an initiative to standardize the translated terms of Punjabi language used in the interface of the Punjabi computer programs. FUEL Punjabi Meet is being organized on 4th and 5th of March in Ludhiana. The first of this kind of meet, FUEL Punjabi Meet for Punjabi language computing terminology is being hosted by Punjabi Sahit Academy, Ludhiana. A community project, FUEL Project is organizing this event in association with Punjabi Linux Technology Group, the community involved in the localization of Linux desktop and other important software of Punjabi. The Meet would greatly enhance the usability of the Punjabi desktop.

In this meet, group of people from several field like technology, translation, localization, journalism, language will gather together to discuss on the entries that are being used frequently by computer users and they will make consensus in the meet about the terminology. This group of people will discuss around 600 entries selected from most used applications like browser, email client, editor, office-suit, messenger etc. At the end of the meet, the group will release the list called FUEL Punjabi list as an standardized lsit that can be used a a reference point for Punjabi localization.

Prior to this FUEL Punjabi Meet, FUEL has successfully organized seven languages meet for different languages of India.  FUEL (https://fedorahosted.org/fuel) aims at solving the problem of inconsistency and lack of standardization in computer software translation across the platform for all languages. FUEL  (Frequently Used Entries for Localization) Project is run by a community of volunteers who love to work together with a common task of making native desktop more usable for the end user. The FUEL project is initiated by Red Hat. In a short span of time, FUEL has got support and participation of organization like Sarai, C-DAC, Acharya Nagarjuna University, IndLinux, A. N. Sinha Institute of Socail Studies, Maithili Academy, Gujarati Lexicon, Infineon Infotech, NRCFOSS, SICSR, Gnunify, PLUG, SMC etc. Open Source Communities of languages like Chhattisgarhi (hne), Gujarati (gu) , Hindi (hi), Maithili (mai), Malayalam (ml), Marathi (mr), Punjabi (pa), Oriya (or), Tamil (ta), and Telugu (te) have given full fledged support to FUEL project. FUEL project is currently hosted and being maintained at fedorahosted.org. Till now, seven different workshops for seven languages have been organized by language communities in the different part of India. Acceptability and use of the project is also increasing day by day. For example, FUEL is used as the primary terminology reference in Virtaal tool for Indian languages. Also, FUEL is used for several languages in Pootle. Pootle is an online translation management tool with translation interface. FUEL project started with the idea to create standard terminology for Frequently Used Entries for Localization and so it is named as FUEL. Terminology was the primary concern. But later on, it was understood that merely creating terminological resources is not an end in itself. There should be one language wise style and convention guide. Particularly in open content field, communities lack these resources and so they get trouble in localizing any content in their own language. FUEL Hindi community is now engaged in creating style and convention guide for computer localization.

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