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SchoolTool In Languages Other Than English

SchoolTool, and its underlying framework Zope 3, were designed from the ground up for full translation and internationalization.

Selecting SchoolTool’s Language

By default, the language displayed is selected from browser’s preferences. For example, in Firefox go to Edit > Preferences > Content to choose preferred languages.

You can force SchoolTool pages to always display in a desired language.

Edit schooltool.conf with your favorite editor:

$ sudo gedit /etc/schooltool/standard/schooltool.conf

Append a line “lang LANG_CODE” at the end, where LANG_CODE is the desired language code. Several examples:

lang ru
lang en-gb
lang es-sv

You can specify more than one locale, separated by commas. Then a language selector will appear in the top bar, allowing the user to switch the language:

lang en-ca,fr

Translating SchoolTool

Translations can be contributed, edited, checked, improved, through the web via our Launchpad project page. The templates are split between “core” SchoolTool and various components such as the gradebook, but all are accessible via the “SchoolTool Project” page. You may also use the site in conjunction with other translation tools and upload the relevant files to Launchpad.

Translations submitted to Launchpad will be included in subsequent updates of SchoolTool.

To install a translation that has been entered into Launchpad but not yet included in a SchoolTool release, follow the steps below.

For languages other than Russian, the “ru” below should be replaced with the relevant prefix.

You must repeat these steps for each translated component of SchoolTool.

  • Go to the relevant translation download page, for example, the Russian translation at

  • Select “MO export” and request download.

  • You will get an email in a few minutes. Save the file to disk.

  • Transfer the file(s) to the server if downloaded from another computer.

  • Replace current translations with the exported file. A user with superuser (root) privileges needs to move the file to where SchoolTool will find it:

    sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/schooltool/locales/ru/LC_MESSAGES
    sudo cp /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/schooltool/locales/ru/LC_MESSAGES/
  • Restart the SchoolTool service. Your translation should be applied.