[NTLK] Translating list posts [Was: Newton 2000 and MacbookAir with NCX]

Terence Griffin griffin at nist.gov
Thu Mar 30 10:14:36 EDT 2017

Google Translate has gotten much better, particularly with western 
languages. Still not perfect, but if does a good job of getting the 
meaning across, even if somewhat humorously. It's easy enough that if 
the author doesn't include a translation, getting one is trivial. And if 
you put a URL in the translate box, it will present a translated version 
of the page.

- Tere

On 03/29/2017 03:04 PM, Dennis Swaney wrote:
> Grant, the way I see it, English is used for the vast majority of the posts
> and is probably the primary language of Newtons. Anyone know the percentage
> of all Newtons/eMates for that were in French and the percentage that were
> in German? If less than 10% combined, then posting only in French
> drastically reduces the poster getting an answer to their question or vice
> versa, answering a question from an English-only (non-French or German)
> poster. Fortunately for German posters we have Guru Frank as a member so
> they aren't in quite the same boat as our Francophone members. Thus even a
> translation of the French text into "Goonglish" would be of more help to
> the poster  than just the French text.
> Sincerely,
> Dennis B. Swaney
> "I think, therefore I Mac"
> On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:58 AM, Grant Hutchinson <grant at splorp.com> wrote:
>> On 2017-03-27, at 6:43 PM, Forrest wrote:
>>>> *** French-ish version below:
>>> I like that--providing a French (or other) version for translation.
>>> It was never my intent to discourage the use of other languages... only
>> to request
>>> (demand? ;-) ) that such responses also include the suitable translation.
>> <List-Dad-Voice>
>> Just to be clear, having a discussion on this list does not require the
>> exclusive use of English. Yes, providing translated text is appreciated,
>> but again, translated text is not a requirement of posting to NewtonTalk.
>> If this were a requirement, it would be mentioned in the FAQ.
>> <https://github.com/splorp/newtontalk-faq/blob/master/newtontalk-faq.md>
>> That being said, I may consider adding a point to the "Mailing List
>> Etiquette" section of the FAQ regarding providing translated text where
>> appropriate (and if applicable).
>> </List-Dad-Voice>
>> g.
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