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From Stavros Kounis <>
Subject Re: Internationalis/zation of documentation
Date Thu, 26 May 2005 07:45:56 GMT
how easy is to keep up-to-date documents in more tha one language?

lets say that we have now someone to translate docs to a particular
language, are we sure that in few months any volunteer will exist to
keep those docs up-to-date ?

it will be greate for me (for example) to read cocoon's documentation
in greek but out-of-date docs in greek are worst.


On 5/26/05, Linden H van der (MI) <> wrote:
> > A more general question: what sort of demand do you think
> > there is for
> > translations of the documentation? Any particular languages?
> Being Dutch, and therefore used to use other people's language rather
> than my own to get in contact with someone, I'm probably not
> representative for the entire community.
> I however feel that there should be as little effort put into
> translation of documentation as possible. Cocoon itself is in English,
> the common language of the mailing lists is English (and therefore the
> documentation) and 99% of the documentation of the 'external' (i.e.
> non-Cocoon development) components are in English, 99.9% of any
> documentation on IT projects is in English.
> So, if you want to use Cocoon, you need to understand English. If you
> do, what benefit is there in a translated version of a document?
> I'm a Translator School graduate, so I know how much effort a good
> translation takes and it only adds up to the total number of documents
> to maintain. NOTE: there is no such thing as an automated translation of
> good quality, so all effort is manual.
> I'd rather have this effort put into writing good/better/missing English
> docs.
> Bye, Helma

Stavros Kounis                        Osmosis networks & consulting

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