Re: Translating GUI labels to French

Subject: Re: Translating GUI labels to French
From: "Simon North" <Simon -dot- North -at- quintiq -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, "Carol Kiparsky" <carolk -at- satmetrix -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 11:20:22 +0200


I translate German/Dutch/French to English as a freelancer, and manage

the English to French/German/Danish/Dutch localizations for my

The best advice I can probably give is to go to the Microsoft developer
and download the translation glossary for French. The glossaries are
large, but a free
download. If you want to make this more structural, buy a copy of
WinLex so
that you can have a useful search interface (the original files are
spreadsheets). A lot of Microsoft's translations are really stupid and
glossaries are full of dumb mistakes and typos, but they are a good
for standard phrases like button captions and, errors and all, they are
a sort
of de facto industry standard.

There is also a much smaller and more modern combined glossary for
all the languages (they claim 12,000 terms in 59 languages) at:

Hope this helps,


Simon North, Technical Writer.
Quintiq Application Software BV
's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

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