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Re: conventions regarding presentation of terms in a translated glossary

From: François Yergeau <francois@yergeau.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 10:46:09 -0800
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Cc: zara <zara@arobas.net>, w3c-translators@w3.org
Message-id: <41EAB671.1020305@yergeau.com>

Ivan Herman a écrit :
> To be honest: there is no rule afaik. Personally, I would prefer the 
> original order, because it gives an easier way to get back to he 
> original, and consequently authoritative version of the document.

I beg to disagree.  The goal of a translation is to provide access to a 
spec to readers of the target language.  If a list of terms in the 
original is alphabetized, it is to make it easily searchable for 
readers, and the same convenience should be given to readers in the 
target language.

I don't quite see what the point is of "to get back to he original". 
Each translation necessarily contains a link to that, and it doesn't 
seem that making the translation less useful (by not alphabetizing) 
would improve access to the original in any way.


> If you 
> generate the glossary via a tool, having an appendix giving the glossary 
> in local alphabetic order, too, might be a good idea...
> Ivan
> zara wrote:
>> Hi,
>> When translating a W3C document that has a glossary of terms, is there a
>> standard practice for the presentation of terms, i.e. should translated
>> terms be listed alphabetically or listed as originally presented in 
>> English,
>> therefore usually resulting in terms that are not listed 
>> alphabetically in
>> the translated version ?
>> I have looked at other (French) translations that had glossaries and 
>> found
>> that they listed terms in the original order of the initial document
>> (therefore, the translated version did not list the terms 
>> alphabetically).
>> Best regards,
>> Catherine
>> -- 
>> Catherine Roy
>> www.w3qc.org www.communautique.qc.ca http://perso.b2b2c.ca/zara/
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