Re: When to translate what.

Subject: Re: When to translate what.
From: Paresh Naik <paresh -dot- n -dot- naik -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Andrea Koenemann <a -dot- koenemann -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 13:12:31 +0530

In my group, we follow the method (A) since it gets the localized versions
faster to market. Also, the GUI terms get translated first and thus go in
the translation memory and terminology database first. This helps the
translators to use consistent terms when they are translating the
documentation.



For the clean up, I think you should look at how to better externalize the
GUI stings. We use Property Resource bundles that have key value pairs and
can be translated by using any CAT tool like Trados or Alchemy.



HTH.



Thanks,

Paresh


On 3/24/09, Andrea Koenemann <a -dot- koenemann -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> Hi, we've been having some discussion here at work at how to refine our
> localization process for GUI and documentation. How do you guys do it?
>
> Option (A): First localize the GUI during development, at the same time the
> documentation is being written in English. Second, send screenshots
> (hopefully done) and the documentation for translation when the
> documentation is done (always prior to release of our software in our
> product life cycle... this can make accuracy hard but we try).
> Option (B): Localize the GUI and documentation together after development
> is
> done and the code is released.
> Option (C): A different process entirely.
>
> Plus: to throw a wrench into the works we use a development library that is
> full of translations that are, apparently, incorrect (at least according to
> our client). However, trying to differentiate which translations come from
> the library, and are used in our software (we just get a complete language
> file using QT Linguist with 4,000+ entries; plus another file for the stuff
> our particular application has tacked on top), and need retranslation would
> require someone go through the code, look at the software, find the
> translation, and know the language. Any suggestions for how to clean up
> this
> process?
>
> Thanks!
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