Re: demo in multiple languages

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Fri Jun 17 2005 - 12:07:22 CDT

On Wednesday 01 June 2005 16:42, Lara Shaffer wrote:
> We need to make the demo available in multiple languages.
> Ideally, it would be great to be able to have at least one
> other language (perhaps Spanish?) available on the demo that I
> take on the road to LA and San Diego in mid-June. How easily
> can this be done?

If we have a Spanish-speaking geek, I would estimate a day or so.

> Also, I will hopefully be meeting with the Asian Pacific lobby
> group when I'm in LA. They are interested in seeing ballots
> offered in Asian lanugages (Chinese, Japanese, etc) and so are
> promoting the Diebold system over the Ink-A-Vote system right
> now. The activist contacts I have spoken with in LA feel that
> if I show them that the OVC system also does multiple
> languages, they will shift their support over to us.

Hurray! Python certainly does Unicode, so that should be easy.

> The idea is to get someone from the Asian Pacific Lobby group
> to work on the translation so that they become directly
> involved with the OVC project.

Excellent idea.

> Two questions:
> 1. Do the names of the candidates need to be translated for
> non-latin speakers?

Speakers of languages written in non-Latin writing systems?

The answer varies by language and writing system, among other
things. If the voters can recognize the names in Latin alphabet,
no problem. Otherwise, both the original name and a version in
the other writing system should be provided.

Edward Cherlin (גרשון בן יוסעף)
Edward Cherlin (Эдуард Чрлын)
Edward Cherlin (장영구)
Edward Mokurai Cherlin (法雲默雷)
Edward Cherlin (धर्ममेघनिःशब्दगर्ज)

(These are all among my real names, acquired at various times for
various purposes. Only the Russian is a transliteration.)

> 2. I know the file for making your selections is just a
> paint file that can be modified but what format should the
> translations be saved in for the ballot print out?

Unicode UTF-8 text (with XML markup in the production version).

> Thanks for your help,
> Lara :)
> 831-419-0758

Edward Cherlin
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