[OSM-talk] How to Translate Strings in OSM to other languages

Shrinivasan T tshrinivasan at gmail.com
Fri May 31 14:14:28 UTC 2019

Hi Simon,

> Before getting in to any of the details my first question would be: why are you "translating" to Tamil, shouldn't the objects in question already have a name (as in a name used by the local population in Tamil) that can simply be used in OSM? Or is this more a question of using the relevant script?

See the image here

We need a similar map in Tamil Language.
Currently, we have tamil strings only for the cities and well known areas.

We need all the street names and other POI in Tamil, when zoomed well.

For this, we have to translate all the strings in our state, to Tamil Language.

> The other fundamental thing that needs to be clarified  is what does the local community want to do with the name Tag, iirc there seems to be some consensus to use  Latin script and English names in India in general, would you want to replace them with the Tamil name and move the current named to name:en or perhaps int_name?

The name tag is filled with english by default.

We need to fill the filed name:ta  with the Tamil Translated strings.

Thats why proposing a system for
querying OSM,
get strings in a google sheet,
translate manually ( or using machine translation with manual
verification, fixing errors)
upload translated strings back to OSM.

Need inputs on is this plan fine to go or any change is required.

Where  we have to get any permission for mass import of translated strings?



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