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Re: keep tabs What does it mean?
Craig Hrabal <crhrabal@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Tue, 28 May 2013 18:12:49 -0400
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On 05/28/2013 04:28 PM, Kevin Godby wrote:
I would have to agree. Expressions like that aren't too far off from
slang, and therefore only serve to confuse people. Phrases and
expressions like this should be avoided, as there is no clear way to
translate the expression into another language. The fact that you had to
ask what a simple phrase meant sort of proves why it shouldn't be
written in that way. When someone is trying to get help using Ubuntu,
language barriers shouldn't be a source of difficulty for readers.
On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 8:42 AM, Hannie Dumoleyn
There is no need to adjust English language expressions so that non-native
speakers understand. It is my duty as a translator to find out what a less
common expression means. I already felt stupid that I sent this question to
the mailing list.
Actually, we should try to avoid idioms in the English manual because
the manual hasn't been translated to all languages yet. If the manual
hasn't been translated to a person's native language yet but they
speak a little English, they should still be able to read our manual.
Avoiding idioms not only helps the translators but the large number of
non-native English speakers.
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