Thanks to all the non-native English speakers
revolution at knowledgeworks.plus.com
Thu Nov 9 14:43:24 CST 2006
If one looks at the frappr map, it looks like about half of the users
might be non-native English speakers (I know the map is only the tip
of the ice-berg - I'm not even on it myself):
(to get the map to display in Firefox I find I have to go and look
at some of the photos, then go back to the map page to get it load
the actual map)
Since a large proportion of the most knowledgeable rev users seem to
be non-native English speakers, it makes one wonder if the English-
like nature of Transcript is of much benefit. Maybe it is just the
'natural language' like nature of Transcript that makes it appealing
and useful :-)
I think we should also be aware of the extra difficulty in reading
the documentation that is only in English (not that I expect runrev
to translate it into multiple languages). There are times myself
when I mis-read the nuance of something that is actually quite
clearly documented, and in my own native tongue.
The scary thought is that sometimes I only realise after some months
of reading comments by some users on the list, that English is not
that person's first language. Good programmers, and good
linguists... They put me to shame on both counts!
It occured to me that credit should be given to all those whose mother
tongue is not English for writing here. It is hard enough to write
in a foreign
language, but all you guys and gals have to do it in a 'technical'
way as well.
The time needed to transfer your thoughts into English should not be
under-estimated, especially when 'we' take it all for granted.
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