Re: Translation of on-screen menus

Subject: Re: Translation of on-screen menus
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: Cassandra Greer <cassandra -at- greer -dot- de>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 17:35:45 -0400

Cassandra Greer wrote:

You mean text boxes?

No, not text boxes, Word tables.

Sounds messy and more of a PTIA than just inserting the
strings, recompiling for each language and taking the applicable screenshots
in the end. I as a translator HATE working with text boxes because I alway
have space issues and they are not easy to work with with many CAT tools.

These being tables, the widths can float. However, to the extent they do so, they may begin to look less and less like what's on the screen.

Anyway if the company decides on what they want the translations to be,
these translations can be sent to the translation company and the
translators would use them and it would all be consistent. Though does the
company have the in-house resources to do a good job for all the target

They've been vague on how they're doing the initial on-screen translations. I suspect they are using sales and marketing resources (European distributor, third party) to provide the rough cut. I think they're okay with updating the software to correct any translation anomalies after the fact, but I think they don't plan on using a professional translation vendor until the manual is complete in English.

At any rate, the translation company needs to know how many
characters are allowed for each command/option/whatever if that is going to
be an issue.

My guess is that's a non-issue. Menu widths float to accommodate the text. Not sure about the dialogs.


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