Re: When to translate what.

Subject: Re: When to translate what.
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Andrea Koenemann <a -dot- koenemann -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2009 21:45:05 -0400

> 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.

Option A provides the quickest possible turnaround.

> 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?

Upgrade to a better tool. SDL has the most widely used tools and most
robust technology out there for managing translation.

Bill Swallow
Twitter: @techcommdood

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