[Ubuntu-l10n-eng] Word substitution table
sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Tue Jul 25 08:54:24 BST 2006
On Tuesday 25 July 2006 08:26, Jeff Bailes <thepizzaking at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-07-24 at 17:06 +0100, Ben Goodger wrote:
> > On 24/07/06, Ben Goodger <goodgerster at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 24/07/06, Sridhar Dhanapalan <sridhar at dhanapalan.com>
> > wrote:
> > Most en-US to en-GB translation work involves making
> > simple word
> > substitutions. This is quite laborious work, and would
> > probably be best done
> > with a script of some kind. To this end, I have
> > initiated a table of word
> > substitutions:
> > https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EnglishTranslation/WordSubstitution
> > Hooray.
> > Can we be sure that such a system will not be flawless?
> > Certainly it will cut down the work, but we can't just run
> > everything through this script and say "that's it, it's
> > done".
> > Note also the differences in slang which are difficult to pick
> > up, capitalisations, etc...
> > This is a step forward, but by no means is it an end.
> > Personally, I wouldn't bother with it when Firefox 2.0 comes
> > out, with its integrated spelling checker - it will make it
> > easier to spot "initialize" at any rate.
> > Oh, and "fetus" is the correct spelling in Commonwealth English now,
> > due to our everso-wonderful government. Annoying, isn't it...
> The only Problem with that is if there is a command line option eg.
> '--color' the script would change that the '--colour' and people would
> wonder why it didn't work
A script is not a substitute for human verification. It makes the translation
much faster, but the result must be checked by a human being before being
0x049D38B4 : A7A9 8A02 78CB AB1B FCE4 EEC6 2DD9 249B 049D 38B4}
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