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Re: translation Circus

From: François Feugeas <francois.feugeas@gwash.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 19:07:27 +0100
Message-ID: <47753B5F.1000506@gwash.com>
To: gareth edison <gareth.edison@googlemail.com>
CC: w3c-translators@w3.org

gareth edison a écrit :
> Good evening everyone here at w3c translations,
>  
> As a long time supporter of the W3C project I would like to voice my 
> opinion regarding the
> quality of some of the translations being prodiced here on the forum.
>  
> What was supposed to be a good idea ist turning into a fiasco of link 
> hungry webmasters posing as
> translators who are translating documents no one really wants or 
> needs. It is certainly helpfull to
> be able to read these Documents in French, Dutch, German. Greek, 
> Russian, Cinese or Japanese but
> I fail to grasp the importancy of translating documents into languages 
> like Turmen, Uzbek, Azerbajan,
> Kazakh, Belarussian, Ukrainian, Estonian, Latvian, Tatar, Georgian or 
> even Armenian.

They may be using the same alphabet indeed, but those *are* different 
languages (at least for Armenian / Kazakh / Georgian) and are official 
languages of respectively Armenia, Kazakhstan and Georgia, *NOT* 
dialects. You're basically saying that Spanish and Italian are dialects, 
because they use the same alphabet and sound very much alike to an 
untrained ear.

For the rest, I can't judge the quality of the Turkish translations, but 
I have to agree on the part about native speakers...

I wish a happy new year to you all as well,
François
Received on Friday, 28 December 2007 21:36:06 UTC

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