FUEL aims at solving the problem of inconsistency and lack of standardization in software translation across the platform. It works to provide a standardized and consistent look of the computer for a language users. FUEL works to create linguistic and technical resources like standardized terminology resources, computer translation style and convention guides, and assessment methodologies. The effort of FUEL is unique. It is a set of steps that any content generating organization or a localized content creating team can undertake and adopt, to ensure quality and consistency. The FUEL approach of creating linguistic resources is not different from any software development. FUEL has a version control system allowing evolution of development, a bug tracker and ticketing system and a mailing list. It is of modular nature and concentrates on base registers. This feature makes FUEL citizen-centric, and therefore FUEL has great potential to be an ideal solution even for e-Governance work. Collaborative innovation is the most important aspect of FUEL.
Initiated by Red Hat, FUEL has grown to be a huge effort towards standardization. Resources created by FUEL are now used by several language communities, organizations, companies, tools, and pieces of software. Government of Maharashtra has chosen FUEL for e-Governance standard of Maharashtra. C-DAC has cited FUEL in its Localization Guidelines by C-DAC for term consistency in context of Indian Languages.
There are a number of people who have contributed to standardization of this kind, however, these standardization efforts was generally automated. After the long process of standardization, glossaries with several thousands of entries were made available to the public. This does not mean that FUEL undermines the importance of previous work. FUEL works towards collaboration and openness and makes the standardization process simpler. The individual FUEL effort for different languages generally start with smaller number of entries. Additionally, FUEL provides public review process in creating terms. In the process of standardization, FUEL is an attempt to standardize the desktop as a whole, instead of standardizing different applications one by one.
Our development portal is accessible from https://fedorahosted.org/fuel where you can find our language community related wiki pages. We are using infrastructure of Fedorahosted for our mailing list, ticketing system and version control.