Date: prev next · Thread: first prev next last
2012 Archives by date, by thread · List index


I would like to second Charles' thoughts.

While the legal authority language is German, as we are based in Germany, the main language of correspondence inside the BoD's bodies, and also towards our members, is English, since that's the lowest common denominator most of us share, and it makes reviewing, archiving and reading decisions and minutes much easier, also for the following MC and BoD.

However, most of us is not all of us, and indeed it is one of our strenghts that we have a wide, open and diverse community, active in many countries and on many languages. I really feel uncomfortable excluding people who contribute to the success of LibreOffice and the foundation, "just" because they don't speak English.

While of course the main language of the MC should be English, finding ways of having "proxies", people helping to translate, would be very much welcome.

I think practically, we can do it similar to the statutes. The "official" form and rules are in English, but for convenience, we can provide localized versions, given we find volunteers to translate them. The "binding" variants, however, should solely be the English ones then (except for legal texts, but that's another topic I don't want to touch here...).


Florian Effenberger, Chairman of the Board
Tel: +49 8341 99660880 | Mobile: +49 151 14424108
The Document Foundation, Zimmerstr. 69, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Rechtsfähige Stiftung des bürgerlichen Rechts
Legal details:


Privacy Policy | Impressum (Legal Info) | Copyright information: Unless otherwise specified, all text and images on this website are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This does not include the source code of LibreOffice, which is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPLv2). "LibreOffice" and "The Document Foundation" are registered trademarks of their corresponding registered owners or are in actual use as trademarks in one or more countries. Their respective logos and icons are also subject to international copyright laws. Use thereof is explained in our trademark policy.