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Re: Bug#384287: reportbug: please internationalize the software

On 25/08/2006, at 8:00 PM, Jacob Sparre Andersen wrote:

Christian Pernegger wrote:

You seem to assume here that only users who don't speak English like i18n'ed software. That's untrue. I do use a fully localized system and I tend to think that I speak a quite decent English.

Mmm, same here. Still, I don't like it half-and-half - having to
produce English text (the bug report) in a localized environment would
seem a bit strange to me.

Just as strange as writing e-mail in English in a localized e-mail client?

Technically, it's a matter of situational response. Bilingual [1] adults respond to the language and behaviour used: we have actually developed a switch in our head which activates in response to the language/behaviour we encounter.

Children haven't yet had the time and experience to construct the switch: that's why bilingual children mix their languages up. ;)

Má, con ăn lots of icecream nhỉ ? Cái bát lớn, big one. Đi watch TV, ăn icecream NÓ QUÁ !

(I remember hearing that one! :D
The child wanted a big bowl full of icecream, to eat in front of the TV and get full enough to burst!)

I think you'd find adults who know English would respond fairly easily in English to English questions in a localized application. Responding to localized questions in English would be awkward. As Christian Pernegger said:

If a localized agent were to guide me through the reporting process I'd automatically "respond" in the same language.

Then Jacob responded:

I might also do that, unless I was explicitly warned that I shouldn't do it.

Activating English spell-checking in the editor 'reportbug' launches might be an extra aid in reminding users that bug reports have to be submitted in English.

Ooh, I hate that! I wish my spellchecker would also respond to the language used. If I have it set to Vietnamese, it objects to every English word used, and vice versa. Now I only use it manually.

You might find other users also just wince when the spellchecker starts underlining virtually every word, and doggedly go on typing...

from Clytie (vi-VN, Vietnamese free-software translation team / nhóm Việt hóa phần mềm tự do)

[1] Interestingly, with additional languages, the bilingual switch remains active between the two languages/behaviours most often used. There is a brief but measurable delay when accessing languages #3+.

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