[sword-devel] Website: "help" direction + improved blurbs
Brian J. Dumont
bdumont at ameritech.net
Thu Dec 4 07:54:32 MST 2008
Good point, David.
I know that I'm coming late into this discussion, but I'd note that this
applies not only to help files and the program menus (as Peter correctly
points out), but also to the web page itself. Do we have translators
who would be willing to translate the web page?
If someone only knows Russian, then how will that person ever find the
download link? Does that person even go to ".org" sites? Should we
have a "crosswire.ru" site? Or could/should distribution in these
countries somehow tied to informing current and future missionaries
Just the thoughts that popped into my head
David Haslam wrote:
> Lest anyone gain the false impression that I can read Russian, I should point
> out that I resort to using http://translate.google.com/ Google Translate
> in order to navigate around Russian websites.
> The important point Peter makes is that we need to be aware that rest of the
> world is far from being Anglo-centric. Even in Wikipedia there is a drive
> to address the issue of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Systemic_bias Systemic
> bias that arose from the huge amount of edits contributed by English
> speakers since its foundation.
> If we are to esteem our brethren in Christ as highly as we ought to in the
> light of the Gospel, we shall not insist that they first learn to use
> English in order to make the best use of Bible software. This is surely part
> of what St. Paul implies in 1 Thess 5:13, and by inference in Romans 12:3.
> cf. also 2 Cor. 4:5.
> Recommended reading: Ian M. Randall, Spiritual Revolution - The History of
> Esteeming other Christians as more important in the Lord than ourselves is
> one of the great lessons that I learned from my early involvement with OM in
> the period 1967-1970.
> -- David Haslam
> Peter von Kaehne wrote:
>> That is what I am trying to challenge. For end users the application
>> language is often a limiting factor to get to the real features. for
>> that very reason there is a whole world out there of Russian bible
>> software (ask David Haslam for more info) and a fair number of attempts
>> in other languages too.
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