[sword-devel] Swedish translation for Windows.

Daniel Glassey danglassey at ntlworld.com
Wed May 19 11:43:30 MST 2004

On 19 May 2004, at 19:05, Chris Little wrote:

> Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
>> Johannes,
>>     Thank you very much!!! This is excellent.  I know some people 
>> will tell you that we need to remove the words from the buttons-- and 
>> they are mostly correct, I guess :)  BUT we haven't yet, and you did 
>> it exactly correct!
>>     For those that think we could just remove the text from the 
>> buttons and i18n just the text:  What if our magnifying glass looked 
>> like a club and was offensive to some people group, or our back arrow 
>> was really pointing 'forward' to arabic readers?!  I like entire 
>> button replacement :)
> Sorry, these are just lame reasons.
> What if Search or Back were actually curse words in transliterated 
> Arabic?  What if there were a Somali warlord named Search who 
> committed genocide and we were offending all members of that ethnic 
> group who Search attempted to exterminate?  What if back arrows were a 
> symbol associated with evil spirits to Mayans?  Stupid, stupid, and 
> stupid.
> The 'arrows to Arabic readers' issue is a good red herring.  However, 
> localized versions of Windows will still use the same button 
> directions to indicate forward/back in MSIE & Mozilla, I'll bet you.  
> Arabic is not a right to left language, it is bidirectional.  Numerals 
> still go left to right.
> Read ANY book or guide or tutorial on l10n.  It will tell you never to 
> put text that is intended to be read into images.  If you really want 
> words on the buttons, there's absolutely no problem with that.  You 
> can put localized text beneath an image on a button.  No problem 
> there. It's smaller and it's easier to localize.

Agreed, instead of ToolButtons it could be SpeedButtons which have text 
with the image above it. How does that sound?
If you find a reason to use different images for different locales then 
you can still override the default image, so you could leave that 
mechanism in. But has that been needed yet?


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