2. Maharaユーザマニュアル執筆者および翻訳者のための情報

by Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

This is a list in progress as I work on the user manual. There are a number of things for which I created conventions. I want to keep them in a central space so that others have access to them and that I can refer to them as well. ;-)


2.1. スクリーンショット

  • are placed using the 「figure」 directive.
  • always include alt text and a figure description. The latter will be numbered in the PDF export. That sets them apart from the text.
  • are generally placed above a list if they are part of step-by-step instructions.
  • should have as few instructions as possible about the steps that are to be taken in them. Preferably, only the step numbers so that they can be exchanged more easily and the text of the steps is translatable because it is text and not part of the image. That could also mean that translators can translate the steps but don’t immediately have to change the screenshots.
  • get callouts that are created in Gimp with the script that Iñaki adapted.
  • that have callouts refer to the steps that need to be taken and that are explained below the figure.
  • should only show the necessary area and not the entire screen or URL address bars etc. where not necessary.


Example of including a screenshot


  1. The first line provides the path to the file. The * replaces the file extension and Sphinx chooses the file that is most appropriate. Thus, files could have different image extensions or you could have the same screenshots in different file formats that are then chosen by the programme to best suit the end format of the manual.
  2. 2行目はイメージの上にマウスを乗せた場合、イメージが表示されない場合またはスクリーンリーダでページを閲覧する場合の代替テキストを意味します。
  3. 3行目は空白行に続く必要があります。これは画像の説明としてスクリーンショットの下に表示されるテキストです。PDF出力の場合、説明は連続して番号付けされます。
  4. If you don’t want to display all the information from a screen but only the top and the bottom part, you can use the file z_omission.xcf and place it into your screenshot. The sinus waves were created using the gimp plugin Shape paths with the following settings:
    • Sine Wave
    • 開始 X: 0
    • Start Y: 200 and upon the second run 215 to get the gap between the lines
    • Amplitude: 3
    • Wavelength: 25
    • 繰り返し数: 40 (スクリーンショットの幅に依存します)
    • ストロークパスをチェックする
    • ストローク色: CCCCCC


If you want to include an image inline with the text and don’t want to or can’t use the regular figure, you should create a substitution and place it into the shortcuts.rstext file.

2.2. 使用されている警告は次のとおりです

  • ノート: さらに少しだけ注意が必要なすべてのことです。


    Notes can be placed directly within a bulleted list. As usual, an empty line before and after the note must be placed and the admonition must be indented by 3 spaces.

  • 警告: 注意しながら実施する必要のあるすべてのことです。



  • seealso: for references to other documents if they need special attention. References to other documents can also be included in the text inline.


    The Sphinx user documentation is a great place to deepend your knowledge and understanding of using rST with Sphinx. If you have any questions, you can also check out the Sphinx discussion group.

  • todo: 実行中のToDoリストを保持するため

2.3. 規約

  • ナビゲーションメニューアイテムに関連するそれぞれのセクションにはパスの記述が必要です。例) コンテンツ → ファイル。正しい矢印を取得するには矢印 ( → ) をコピーしてください。

  • 保存*または*ページをコピーする*およびポートフォリオセクションの*コンテンツポートフォリオ*等のボタンはテキストを強調するため「」マークを使ってハイライトされています。

  • Little buttons can be included in the text like edit, manage. They are added through a substitution. All replacements are kept in the file shortcuts.rstext which is included in each file in which a substitution is used by placing 「.. include:: /shortcuts.rstext」 in the first line of the file. Substitutions are referenced in the text as 「*Edit* button |edit|」 for example pointing out what the action is that you do with them. Translators should not edit the substitution 「|edit|」 itself, but only change 「*Edit* button」 taking care to include the * again without placing any spaces between the * and the text to ensure that the word appears highlighted.

  • それぞれのセクションにインデックスエントリを作成してください。

  • New features receive an index entry as well in the form 「single: New in Mahara 1.x, [the functionality that is new]」.

  • 長いセクションは編集時に管理しやすいように1つの非常に長いページにすべてを表示する代わりにいくつかのページに分割されます。

  • reStructuredText does not have a set hierarchy of heading levels. They depend on the individual files. However, to be consistent, the following convention exists:

    • 見出し1 例) 1.: ===============
    • 見出し2 例) 1.1.: —————
    • 見出し3 例) 1.1.1.: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    • 見出し4 例) ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  • h4以下の見出しは控えてください。

  • The index page does not have headings besides the main heading. That prevents the table of contents and the other sections that have headings to be the main chapters of the manual. Keep index page headings to just bold with **.

2.4. インテキストフォーマット

  • 箇条書きリストにはそれぞれの箇条書きの前に「*」記号が付けられます。
  • 番号付きリストにはそれぞれの番号付きアイテムの先頭に「#.」が付けられます。
  • If you require an indented bulleted or numbered list, place a free line before the indented list and then indent each line with 3 spaces. There also needs to be an empty line when the indented list ends.
  • 強調テキストは1つの「*」開始および終了します。 例) *this* は次のようになります this
  • 太字テキストは2つの「*」で開始および終了します。例) **this** は次のようになります this

2.6. インデックスエントリ

Index entries are used to jump to relevant information quickly. Entries can be created right above a heading or also inline. Inline has the advantage that you are taken exactly where you want to go.

  • Inline index entries are created like this, for example: :index:`Your profile picture <single: New in Mahara 1.10; Link to profile pictures page>`.

2.7. 翻訳者注意

  • Do not change the target for internal links that is placed between < >. If you do, the reference cannot be found. There should always be an explanatory text right before the pointy brackets. You can change that.
  • 同様にあなたはURLのテキストを変更することができます。あなたの言語のサイトへのURLを置換する以外、URL自体を変更することはできません。
  • If you translate the screenshots and other images, please ensure that you keep the folder structure of the 「images」 folder as you can see in the respective branch of the manual version you are editing on Gitorious.
  • You can find original images used for the manual in the folder 「images_original」 and then their respective subfolders. You can use them for your own translations if you only want to exchange the background but keep the callouts.
  • You do not have to redo any images that you do not 「translate」, e.g. block icons, general buttons around Mahara and the text editor buttons. Any images that are not in your translation will be taken from the English original.
  • ユーザマニュアルは1日1回更新されます。新しい翻訳およびはマニュアルの編集に先立ってGitにアップロードされたイメージはLaunchpadより取得されます。
  • 現在、すべてがSphinxで翻訳されているわけではありません。今後のバージョンで対応されることを希望します。


If you want to mention the names of the main translators of the user manual for your language, you can add a sentence right after 「The Mahara user manual is written by Mahara community members.」 That paragraph appears before the table of contents. There is no equivalent sentence in the English manual because it is not a translation.