Oh, Pontoon, hi! When we introduced the idea of Pontoon on the forum of Mozilla Planet, it generated quite a lot of positive comments, but nothing close to what has happened when we showed the first live demo (Shaver did!) at Mozilla All-Hands in 2010.
Pontoon represents what, I believe, will be the future of web localization and I tried my best to rush it to the point where we will be able to verify if such an approach is realistic, but from there, I failed to find enough time to give this project the love it deserves.
Worry not, great ideas don’t perish, and it sometimes takes a vacuum to appear for a new leader to step in!
I had luck to drive Pontoon to the point where it attracted several souls from Mozilla community to keep pinging me, keep asking about it, and, what’s always the best result of an idea, to act.
In particular one gentleman, my long time friend from Slovenia – Matjaž Horvat, stepped up and took what was there, turned a crank, wrote some code, draw a mockup, moved pieces around, stitched it a bit, and probably invoked some primal magic to assemble new version of it, available here – http://horv.at/pontoon/.
He was able to take the source code to the next level and covered up the visual appearance and user experience zone which has been sorta ignored since we started and needed love. He was also willing to jump in and join me and we’re lucky enough to get Mozilla backing for this project which resulted in Pontoon having a new leader!
I’m proud to announce that I’m stepping down from Pontoon leadership position and Matjaz is taking over! I’ll be serving him as a mentor and a peer and I’m absolutely confident that the baby is in the right hands!
Please, join me in congratulating Matjaž!