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2021-11-29 Update Survey Tool stage & What's new section

2021-11-23 Update to announce start of Limited Submission

2021-11-18 Added information to What's new in this cycle


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Current Survey Tool stage: v41 Limited Submission

Thank you for contributing to CLDR v41!

The Survey Tool is now open for Limited Submission for data to be included in CLDR v41.

Please note that the Survey Tool has only been opened for select data paths in a limited number of locales. You will not be able to contribute nor vote for items that are not enabled for this submission period.

The following locales are currently open for submission for units only:

The following locales are current open for submission of all items at a basic level:

Please refer to the Milestone Schedule for the full v41 release schedule.


  1. Know Data stability expectations

  2. Know topics under @Getting Started to ensure familiarity on what you may encounter working in the Survey Tool.

  3. @General translation guides are the customary expectations for all the vetting work.

  4. Disconnect error. If you see a persistent Loading error with a disconnect message or other odd behavior, please empty your cache.

  5. Survey Tool email notification may be going to your spam folder. Check your spam folder regularly.

What's new in this cycle

  • If you are new to CLDR contribution, please read the prerequisites above first.

  • If you have contributed to CLDR in the past, below is the information that's new or changed since the last release.

Limited Release

This release is limited to adding/correcting grammatical case and gender information, and to fleshing out 4 new locales (Bodo, Kashmiri (Arabic & Devanagari), and Rohingya). All other locales and rows will disallow additions. Below shows the difference between enabled rows and disabled rows.

Progress Widget

There is a new style for the progress widget that shows your voting progress on the page in the upper right corner of the Survey Tool next to the Info Panel toggle. You will see details of your progress when you hover over the widget, including what progress is being measured, and the total number of items remaining for you to vote on in that category. Your progress is measured based on the coverage level you have set, so make sure that it is set correctly.

Note: The total progress widget is currently only visible when the dashboard is open.

Page progress

Progress bar shows progress of items on page for your coverage level.

Overall progress

Progress bar shows progress of items overall for your coverage level.


The examples have been augmented, especially for Minimal pairs. An example with an ❌ shows a case where the pattern has an inappropriate placeholder substituted. That example should be ungrammatical; if it is grammatical, then either the translated unit or the minimal pair pattern itself is incorrect. The example will show in the Info Panel, and also if you hover over the item.

Recent Known Issues

Please review Known Issues section at the bottom of the page before reporting a new issue to avoid creating duplicate tickets. This list will be updated as fixes are made available in Survey Tool Production. If you hit a problem, please file a ticket.

Last updated: 2021-11-29

Recently Resolved Issues

For full list of known issues see Resolved Issues section at the bottom of the page.

Last update: 2021-11-29

  1. Issues importing your votes. Error message: "Status 500 Internal Server Error; URL:..." [CLDR-15178]



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Survey Tool

New data

Following are new data that have been added for data collection in this release.

  • Grammatical Features — gathering grammatical data for additional units of measurement.

Translation quality

The following are areas where we have seen data quality issues or those that need your attention more carefully.

  • Avoiding voting for English

    • For items that do not work in your language, please don't simply use English. Find a solution that works for your language. For example, if your language doesn't have a concept of "quarters", use a translation that describes the concept "three-month period" rather than “quarter-of-a-year”.

  • Dealing with “Same as code” errors:

    • Since v37, if you voted for the Code, a Same as Code error will raise.

    • When translating codes for items such as languages, regions, scripts, and keys, it is normally an error to select the code itself as the translated name (such as “en” as the translated name for code “en” English), except for some specific cases including certain script codes (for example, code “Thai” is also the name for script Thai in several languages).

    • If the error appears under Typography, you can ignore. [CLDR-13552]

  • Bidi example limitations [CLDR-10674]. If you are working with a bi-directional languages, be aware of the Right-to-Left and Neutral context. Survey Tool only shows examples with a strong RL context, and we have been issues where vetters removed the ALM bidi marks or modify the patterns without considering the neutral context. Please be cautious of changing the bi-di formatting data.

  • Handling Display name menu variants

Translation guides

If you are new to CLDR, use the @Getting Started topics to get started and review the left Table of Contents under Translation Guides.

Updated sections

The site has been been migrated from the classic to new Google Sites. If you have any difficulty accessing a page following the migration please report the issue to your PM.

Known Issues

Last updated: 2021-11-29

Please review this list before getting started to avoid creating duplicate tickets. This list will be updated as fixes are made available in Survey Tool Production. If you hit a problem, please file a ticket.

  1. Expanded section in left navigation panel flickers if clicked [CLDR-14750]

  2. Same name collision error. If two items differ only by upper/lower case or punctuation, it still counts as a collision. However, currently, only one of them is flagged as an error. [CLDR-11274]

  3. Images for the plain symbols. Non-emoji such as , √, », ¹, §, ... do not have images in the info pane. [CLDR-13477]

    • Workaround: Look at the Code column; unlike the new emoji, your browser should display them there.

  1. Careful with square brackets. Brackets "[ ]" under Alphabetic information are used to group the alphabetic information and they are not part of the data. [CLDR-13180]

    • Workaround: Please ignore the [ and ] characters in the Alphabetic information and do not try to update the data to exclude the [ and ].

Resolved Issues

Last updated: 2021-11-29

The following list of previously listed on the Known Issues have now been resolved and fixed:

  1. Issues importing your votes. Error message: "Status 500 Internal Server Error; URL:..." [CLDR-15178]