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RE: [WebAIM]: a translation question ...

From: John Colby <John.Colby@uce.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 12:35:47 -0000
Message-ID: <294B4B3243E76C4BA4FF7F54003B3BE1095346E5@exchangea.staff.uce.ac.uk>
To: "Matthew Smith" <matt@kbc.net.au>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I have similar problems in translation - but only because I need to
create a glossary of technical (like 'Balance Sheet' - try that in
Mandarin) and other terms and colloquialisms (such as 'geekspeak') so
that when our international students come across them they have
somewhere to turn to. We try and avoid them as much as possible, but
inevitably when you're dealing with real world language they do come
creeping out to bite you.


John Colby 
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Room F114, Feeney Building, University of Central England,
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM]: a translation question ...

Quoth Tim Smithers at 11/22/2006 09:02 PM...

> I apologise for this being a bit off topic, though
> perhaps it's not, but I'm looking for a good
> translation of the term
>   "User Empowerment" (in English)

Not trying to be funny, but seeing as this is an accessibility forum
something must be said: I would be loath to use a term like "User
Empowerment" in any language.  Phrases like this smack of bull, er,
unnecessary jargon.

Use of simpler language in the original text will make translation to a
foreign tongue _much_ easier.

In fact, this could be a handy test; if language is hard to translate to
a foreign one, maybe the original version needs review.  (I will refrain
from making any references to the inaccessible language of WCAG 2, oops
- I just did...)



Matthew Smith
IT Consultancy & Web Application Development
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