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[opensuse-translation] Re: [opensuse-project] Re: [opensuse-marketing] Call for help translation of osc'12 program announcement
  • From: Tony Su <tonysu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:18:09 -0700
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Hello Jan (and whoever else receives this, I'm not subscribed to all
the mail-lists on CC)

Yes, it's quite possible that the initial translations might not be
"good enough" -- and ultimately since machine translations today still
cannot usually provide better than word for word literal word
substitution, "good enough" is probably best defined as understandable
although not with the smooth idiomatic linguistic structures that can
best be provided by a human being.

What machine translation can provide is the ability to get the proper
meaning across, to communicate an idea properly. And, if human
resources aren't available, this is better than no communication at

As for accuracy... Particularly for short, "standard expressions" that
crop up again and again in the types of documents we produce,
Web-based translations provide a means for anyone to submit an
improvement or correction. Assuming that Google or Microsoft or
whoever is used as the Translation Partner properly evaluates, accepts
and implements suggestions for future use of the same expression, we
should expect that within rather short order future documents should
be translated extremely well.

If there is any interest in openSUSE/SUSE to investiggate the
capabilities of this technology, a project should be designated that
can properly evaluate whether machine translation is worthless or
promising and if desired I am willing to shepherd it.


On Sun, Sep 23, 2012 at 1:46 AM, Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@xxxxxxx> wrote:

On Tuesday 2012-09-11 23:20, Tony Su wrote:

Highly recommend posting machine-translated copy using either Google
Translate( or Microsoft

Both are free and only take seconds then ask for a native speaker
review to clean up any idioms and colloquials.

The time to weed out the bugs of automatic translation is close to
doing a non-automated, more targeted translation. Especially the
farther east you go on the globe (Japanese TL with Google is pretty
much unusable in either direction) and/or dealing with
highly-technical words (and fillers) - which the announcement is in no
way short of, like "Call For Papers", "to keynote", "to kick off",
"workshop", "track", "session", "usability expert", and (obviousisms
like) "speakers talking".
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