Available Languages

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Cableguy, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    Hi guys...

    I was wondering, since surely there are a few Professional coders among us...
    How many languages do you make available to distribute your apps with, and wich do you usual include?

    My top 6 would be...

    Português - my home country language
    English - The most international of all languages
    German - 2nd Most international Language (?)
    French - 3rd Most International Language (?)
    Russian - Until very recently I thought that german and Russian Languages were one and the same...
    Italian - One of the most influent countries in Europe...

    As you can see, all my target languages are europe Based Languages...
    How about you?
  2. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    Hi Paulo,

    I am not a professional programmer, but my programs are multilanuage.

    I am afraid that you forgot Spanish in your list.

    My programs are predefined for :

    The problem is manly the translations. For the IconEdit program I got translations for all languages above. Protuguese from you, Spanish from kyto, Italian from Filippo and Japanese thanks to alfcen.

    I have not yet thaught about Russian.

    If there are people interested in I can add the possibility for the Russian language in my programs, but I would need for shure a translator. Testing would perhaps also be more difficult because of the different character set. I experienced this with Japanese.

    Best regards.
  3. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    My aproach to the "languages" is much similar to Yours, and I believe that using simple too translate words does in fact make the multi-lingual more easy to acomplish..
    the hard part is for the translator to be able to provide a small phrase, keeping the meaning....
  4. Bobbes

    Bobbes Active Member Licensed User

    Hi Cableguy,
    German language and Russian language are NOT the same. Please take a look onto the letters.:cool::cool:

    Best regards Bobbes
  5. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    Hi Paulo,

    I agree with you, but there are two translations.

    The first are text files for the texts in the program, Control names, comments etc. To translate these it's not too difficult, but the translator must or should at least 'play' a bit with the program to understand, as you said, the meaning.

    The second one are the Help files. There it's somewhat more difficult, and I speek by experience. In that case the translator must not only know the functionalities of the program but also be very good in both languages.

    Best regards.
  6. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    I agree with you 200%...
    That's why its important to your translator to keep feeding-back to you in case of doudt...
    Any how, we're getting a bit off topic...
    Wich languages are to you the most important to translate to?
  7. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    For me English is a MUST.

    Then if we look at the number of posts in the Foreign language forum.
    it would be (probably not the best criteria):
    German Italian Russian French Spanish Portuguese

    If we look at the spoken languages in the world usual estimation.
    List of languages by total number of speakers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    it would be
    Chinese English Spanish Russian French Hindustani Arabic Portuguese Bengali German Japanese

    This criteria is probably the most concrete
    Most Widely Spoken Languages
    The last one one the page.
    English French Spanish Russian Arabic Chinese German Japanese Portugese
    It's strange, Italian is not in these top 10 lists.

    So, as a summary I would suggest:
    English French Spanish Russian German Portuguese Italian and why not Japanese.

    After looking in my programs I am missing Russian. So I will add the choice.

    Hope this gives you a better view.

    Best regards.
  8. Cableguy

    Cableguy Expert Licensed User

    It surely did...
    Thanks for your input...
  9. ayman12

    ayman12 Member Licensed User

    My Job is to make program in Arabic and English.
  10. RichardW

    RichardW Member Licensed User

    Being from Montreal I provide French and English but with the capability of supporting other languages via external text files. It also depends on the target audience and country (ie USA - guess I need Spanish too).
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