Re: [widgets] P&C, outstanding feedbac...

For the sake of the DoC, can you live with the current i18n model?

On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 12:45 AM, timeless<> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 3, 2009 at 7:35 PM, Marcos Caceres<> wrote:
>> I talked to our localization guys about this, they said that is
>> definitely not a good thing. They said any content is better than no
>> content, even if there is a mismatch.
> I've spoken w/ coworkers recently, and other people too, and the
> general spirit is "if the app is so poorly localized, and it usually
> is, they'd rather see it in the language where it isn't poorly
> localized that they actually understand" (typically English; the
> people in question are typically natives of Finland and surrounding
> countries and have have English as at best a second or often a third
> language)
> I suspect that in the end, as long as a user agent allows the user to
> see which localizations the widget has and for the user to express a
> more limited list of preferences for a given widget, this won't be a
> problem, and hopefully user agents will do this.
>> I agree, but that is Apple's fault. Yes, the model allows things like
>> this to happen. But I think it's better thank getting no license at
>> all.
>> I still feel that this is an author-level error.
> I don't like enabling authors to screw up localization, it's too easy
> to do already, and they've proven to be quite adapt at it locally. --
> My experiences in the States didn't show these problems, but that's
> probably because I was being sold untranslated goods or goods by
> vendors who were more careful.
>> I agree this sucks, but like I said, my preference is to have
>> "something" shown. When authors make such mistakes, then can easily be
>> patched via updates, which is what updates are for.
> The iTunes example is unfixed to this day, a number of updates later.
> As is Nokia's flags example [1] and Centre (I got an update last
> week).
>> I agree. But again, iTunes should do something about that. It can't be
>> the case that widgets would not allow me to ship a widget because I
>> can't get something translated.
>> If that was the case, I would still
>> include the wrongly localized content just so I could ship
> I'd prefer for you to be aware that you're screwing your customer.
> Having to actively jump through a hoop "This is wrong, but I'm
> desperate and in a hurry, and know it's wrong" v. "I'm done, it's
> perfect, I'm never making any changes ever again"
>> (and just
>> say, "centre, center, meh! Only a few will notice, so I'll fix that in
>> the next update.").
> Bah, it's still not fixed, and I've complained both through the care
> number and internal feedback.
> [1]
> It's good to see no one fixes their bugs. I really look forward to
> widget updates being as useless as everyone else's updates in these
> areas.

Marcos Caceres

Received on Wednesday, 8 July 2009 13:53:02 UTC