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Posts in languages other than English on help-guix?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Posts in languages other than English on help-guix?
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:02:40 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/25.3 (gnu/linux)

Hello Guix!

What about allowing posts on help-guix in one of the languages that
regular contributors know, in addition to English?

The alternative would be to create separate language-specific lists, but
some (rightfully) think there’s a risk of a disconnect with actual

Of course it’s hard to tell what a multilingual mailing list will be
like, but I think it’s worth experimenting (and I don’t expect a
significant change overnight).  If we are to reach out to more people,
allowing them to use the language they know best is the minimum we can
do IMO.


To experiment with this on help-guix, I propose the patch below for the
web site.  If you’re a committer, please provide a translation for the
language(s) you know!


diff --git a/website/apps/base/data.scm b/website/apps/base/data.scm
index 0abcc7a..4ccca9a 100644
--- a/website/apps/base/data.scm
+++ b/website/apps/base/data.scm
@@ -13,7 +13,6 @@
 ;;; Data.
 (define contact-media
    ;; The first three will be featured in the home page.
@@ -30,12 +29,18 @@
     #:name "Help Mailing List"
-    '(p
-      "Subscribe to the Help mailing list to get support from the
-      GuixSD and GNU Guix community via email. "
-      (a (@ (href 
-        "Until December 2015")
-      ", the Guix-devel mailing list filled that role.")
+    `(("en"
+       "Subscribe to the Help mailing list to get support from the GuixSD
+and GNU Guix community via email.  You can post messages in English though we
+also accept other languages.")
+      ("eo"
+       "Subskribu al la retmesaĝolisto \"Help\" por demandi helpon pri
+GuixSD kaj GNU Guix al la grupo.  Vi povas skribi esperantlingve.")
+      ("fr"
+       "Abonnez-vous à la liste de diffusion « Help » pour obtenir l'aide
+de la communauté sur GuixSD et GNU Guix par courrier électronique.  Vous
+pouvez envoyer des messages en Français."))
     #:url "";
     #:log "";)
diff --git a/website/apps/base/templates/components.scm 
index b329c71..04d3a08 100644
--- a/website/apps/base/templates/components.scm
+++ b/website/apps/base/templates/components.scm
@@ -13,6 +13,7 @@
   #:use-module (apps base types)
   #:use-module (apps base utils)
   #:use-module (srfi srfi-1)
+  #:use-module (ice-9 match)
   #:export (breadcrumbs
@@ -121,6 +122,11 @@
+(define (language-tag lang)
+  `(span (@ (class "button-little button-little-active")
+            (style "float: left; text-align: center; width: 20px; 
vertical-align: middle"))
+         ,lang))
 (define (contact->shtml contact)
   "Return an SHTML representation of the given contact object.
@@ -133,7 +139,18 @@
           " (" (a (@ (href ,(contact-log contact))) "archive") ") "))
-    ,(contact-description contact)))
+    ;; The description can be a list of language/blurb pairs.
+    ,(match (contact-description contact)
+       ((((? string? languages) blurbs) ...)
+        `(p ,@(map (lambda (language blurb)
+                     `(div (@ (style "margin: 0 10px 10px 0"))
+                           ,(language-tag language)
+                           (div ,blurb)))
+                   languages
+                   blurbs)))
+       (blurb
+        blurb))))
 (define* (horizontal-separator #:key (light #false))
diff --git a/website/apps/base/templates/contact.scm 
index 16e4b4e..c246d4b 100644
--- a/website/apps/base/templates/contact.scm
+++ b/website/apps/base/templates/contact.scm
@@ -23,7 +23,8 @@
      "Community" "Mailing lists" "IRC channels" "Bug reports" "Help")
    #:active-menu-item "About"
    #:css (list
-         (guix-url "static/base/css/page.css"))
+         (guix-url "static/base/css/page.css")
+          (guix-url "static/base/css/buttons.css"))
    #:crumbs (list (crumb "Contact" "./"))
diff --git a/website/static/base/css/buttons.css 
index 9e45190..feabcea 100644
--- a/website/static/base/css/buttons.css
+++ b/website/static/base/css/buttons.css
@@ -37,6 +37,7 @@
 .button-little:visited {
     border-color: #C0C0C0;
@@ -58,4 +59,4 @@
 .button-little:hover {
     background-color: #FFCC00;
     border-color: #D4AA00;
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