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Hi Marc!

Although I do think that automatic translation might help in some cases,
it is unlikely that it provides the outcome that is currently claimed.
As I said earlier, if we come to technical terminology within LibO, then
all non-domain specific (or aware) translation tools do more harm than
they do help. At least, sometimes I enjoy reading those translations :-)

Sophie is right when she says, that the communication and the help
between the people speaking a certain language (or, being in a certain
area) helped to grow what we currently experience as "the community".
She is also right, that the approach - and therefore the contents of the
documents - varies between all the native lang groups.

From my point-of-view (given the experience within the OOo project), the
following approach might combine all the positive effects :-)
      * Provide the most essential information on LibO and TDF in all
        languages, derived from the main language English. The content
        for the other languages should be translated "manually".
      * Enable the language teams to add own content - independent from
        the main language English.
      * For non-critical content, provide a way to translate the given
        content. I think it would be most helpful for "normal"
        conversations like in forums or emails. Besides the already
        stated "button" metaphor, make sure that people are aware of
        reading a translated text (the rest is an usability problem
        which can be solved, happy to help here).

(Oh, I just saw that Michael did already mention this in another mail.
Sorry for sending it another time, but maybe it helps to support his

Sophie, thanks for your input here - I'm sure your great experience will
help to make the infrastructure "rock". Also, thanks to Marc and all the
other people that drive the infrastructure topic!


Am Montag, den 22.11.2010, 14:16 -0500 schrieb Marc Paré:
A good example where such a tool would come in handy is exactly this 
thread. How many more people would contribute to this particular
thread is the automatic translation tools allowed them the opportunity
to view/read these threads. OR for that matter how many more people
would participate on the Drupal Website Development Team if the
translation tools would help. 

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