Dear readers what you are about to see is the first glimpse of the world’s first-ever Koha installation with its user interface (UI) translated into the Indian language Telugu (ICU Locale – te_IN). This tremendous work has been done by my good friend V. John Alexander, a librarian at a college in Hyderabad, Telangana. And it is he alone who deserves our hearty congratulations, having single-handedly translated 93.88% of the total 93,535 strings in Koha 19.11, since he started in the last week of Febrary 2020. Although his tally shows that he still has 6.12% translations to cover, that is only restricted to NORMARC and UNIMARC strings. As neither NORMARC nor UNIMARC is used in India, his work may be considered as fairly complete. Since then he has already started working on Koha 20.05. Guess the COVID19 lock-down came to some good use. 😀 Also a shout out for Bernardo Gonzalez Kriegel our awesome translation manager who guided John and helped clear his doubts.
How it all started
On Feb 23, 2020 when I was at NAARM, Hyderabad conducting a Koha workshop for ICAR libraries, John had come over to say “Hi”. Somehow we ended up discussing various ways how Indian Koha users could contribute back to Koha. One such area was localization (L10n) of Koha’s user interface to Indic languages. I told him how Koha’s Hindi translation was done by Nikunj Tyagi, Upender Singh and others. As on date, Hindi is the only Indian language pack that ships with Koha. As a native Telugu speaker, John took up the challenge and here it is just 3 months later. Telugu will soon be the 2nd fully translated Indic language pack for Koha.
A few Screenshots
Live action – access the installation
For those, especially Telugu speakers, who want to take a closer look at translated OPAC and staff client, you can visit https://telugu-staff.l2c2.co.in (for the staff client and https://telugu-opac.l2c2.co.in (for the OPAC). The userid and password for the demo 19.11 Koha installation is
Telugu!@3 respectively. Please use the access responsibly. The next part of this post will show how to setup the new language on a Koha 19.11.x installation.
About Telugu language
According to Wikipedia, Telugu is the most spoken Dravidian language, being the native language of 82 million people (as per 2011 census) and is the second language to another 11 million people. Globally, it is the 15th most spoken language of the world. In India, it is spoken predominantly in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Puducherry, with sizeable minorities in Odisha, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Keralam, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. It is designated officially as one of the six classical languages of the Republic of India.