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Subject:Re: favorite DTP From:"Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 1 May 1997 12:25:57 -0700
At 08:31 PM 5/1/97 PDT, ramsol -at- NetVision -dot- net -dot- il wrote:
>With respect to relative merits of various DTP programs: one aspect seems to
>be overlooked - language support. It is hardly necessary to point out that
>the great majority of human race does not have sufficient command of English
>language to understand docs written even by best writers in clearest and
>most concise style. Within the group, I did discern a following approach to
>deal with the problem: "let us write in English and translate into whatever
>jargon is required, using professional translating agencies". Well, the
>results are often humourous, sometimes tragic, but rarely effective, because
>of shortcomings of "professional" translators, who may hold advanced degrees
>in both source and target languages, yet as often as not translate without
>properly understanding the exact meaning of the text.
>Also, as far as Semitic languages (Hebrew, Arabic) are concerned, as much as
>I know, nobody provides support except Microsoft - so there is your default,
>FM may be excellent and Interleaf even better, so what? Similar situation
>might exist with respect to two bytes per character coded languages such as
>Japanese. I may be wrong, of course, therefore am interested to hear other
>opinions on multilingual user docs.
This has the chance of becoming an interesting thread, but until I
understand what "support" means, I'll keep quiet.
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