[sword-devel] Swedish translation for Windows.
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:
>> 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
> 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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