Re: Update/apply/synchronize

Subject: Re: Update/apply/synchronize
From: Richard Lippincott <rlippinc -at- BEV -dot- ETN -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 1994 16:06:33 EST

Laurie Rubin writes:

>The main problem is that the software is going to be translated
>into Japanese, so the development opinion is, what does it matter.

As we say in Massachusetts, "Dawn breaks over Marblehead." My first thought,
and you've probably already had the same idea, would be to take some of those
"typical" examples of bad Japanese/English translations and use them as
examples: "This is what matters. We'll be producing stuff like this."

Which leads to a question I've never heard anyone ask: Are those examples of
bad translation really -all- translation problems? I've always assumed that
they were originally good writing, poorly translated. What if the stuff is just
plain bad writing, and the translation only compounds the problem?

I'm working on a product, BTW, and our manuals are being translated into
Japanese by a sister company. We try hard to keep in mind that the material
-will- be translated. Instead of taking an attitude of "Oh, it doesn't matter",
we try to say "Let's make sure they understand the -English- part without
any problem, and then we can be sure they'll be able to translate it properly."

Rick Lippincott
Eaton Semiconductor
Beverly, MA
rlippinc -at- bev -dot- etn -dot- com

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