Re: External localization?

Subject: Re: External localization?
From: "Guy K. Haas" <guy -at- hiskeyboard -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 13:06:38 -0800

Geoff Hart wrote:


Works like a charm, with one exception: the text strings are entirely "out of context" (i.e., it's not always clear what part of the interface they refer to). But that's why Microsoft made the comment function in Word. ("If this is in the X dialog box, this should be X instead of Y. Y is correct if this refers to the Y dialog.")

and Francis Baril wrote:

Advice: When you send strings to translators, make sure to provide a
context, otherwise you might get weird results, and it won't be the
translators' fault.

Ah, yesssssss. At Tandem back in the mid-80s, we had a one-day workshop from Berlitz about translation/internationalization. Their example involved teams being assigned to document a hardware object and the text was being made available to the team before the illustrations were available.

The work groups had a shot at it, THEN received the images. Lots of things were quite different when we SAW what they were talking about.

Guy K. Haas
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