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Monday, March 14, 2011

Call for NewsSquares Localization

We have released NewsSquares 1.2.0. If you prefer to mark items as read when you click through them in Big Squares, you can go to options and enable it now. Enjoy!

We are looking for help on localization of NewsSquares especially for the following locales Brazil (pt_BR), Japan (ja) and Mexico (es).

The localization is very simple. Please go to
There are two files that require localization, description.txt and message.json.

  • Select which locale you would help to translate, e.g. ja
  • To translate the description
    • Go to NewsSquares in the gallery, it contains the description of NewsSquares in English
    • Select the description.txt in the corresponding locale
    • Please do not translate the Keywords section
  • To translate the messages
    • Select the messages.json in 'en' locale as reference
    • Open the messages.json of the locale (in a new window for easy reference) you would like to help translating

  • After you select the file (description.txt or messages.json), click "edit file", then begin to edit the file directly inside the browser. For each message, please translate the "message" section, you can contribute partial translation

  • Finally click "Submit Patch" (you will need to login with a Google Account), a new issue will be created include a patch file
  • After we receive the issues, we will include the translation in NewsSquares
  • We will link to the translation credits in the gallery. Thank you.


  1. wish you were on firefox 4.0 also....

  2. Can you add localization of NewsSquares for China?

  3. I am on version 1.2.1 and the Mark All as Read no longer works.

  4. @Mike: We tried on both Beta and Dev Channel of Chrome and both works. There should be a prompt when you click "Mark All as Read" and please click "OK" to confirm. Hope it helps.

  5. I helped translate for the Brazilian Portuguese (pt-br) right now!
    Check out: /