[Matroska-devel] Japanese translations

Steve Lhomme steve.lhomme at free.fr
Thu Mar 31 20:00:17 CEST 2005

Liisachan a écrit :
> Hi,
>>The usual rule : if it ain't broken, don't fix it. This thing is not 
>>displayed, it's just some server-side code.
> Another usual rule: keep out of harm's way. Just because no one 
> is likely to witness it now, doesn't justify it forever.
> It might have been broken already if the translators had been 
> more sensitive. Isn't this supposed to be an open-source project 
> where anyone can join anytime? like memory leak, this could be 
> potentially risky, at least indecent, even tho things may look 
> like working now, ad hoc.
> for the record i warned you: Telling someone from Japan to 
> add the comment "jap" to his/her work is like asking someone 
> from Mexico to identify himself as "wetback."

I hope you don't go to every coders asking them to change their 
mnemonics because it might offense someone in a language (like matroska 
means sailor shirt in some).

If you have a "politically correct" dictionary, please review the rest 
of our code to see if we didn't offense anyone. Like on this page :


Each language is in english using the first 3 letters. Hopefully "fre", 
"rus", "spa", "por", "ger", "dut" and "ita" are not offense too.

BTW, "ja" means "yes" in german.

> Personally _I_ don't mind, but I can foresee that nothing good 
> will come out of this when more people from Japan happen to join 
> you. It may happen if Matroska goes on for a few more years.
> Or maybe not.

Aren't japanese coders using mnemonic too ? To make the code easy to 
read ? I'm sure anyone can understand the choice made here.

And finally in matroska we do french, german, texas, etc bashing all the 
time. No offense to anyone, just having fun.

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