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Archive for December 22nd, 2016

Where can I get the glossary of Microsoft’s standard translations for computer terms? – The Old New Thing

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/12/22

A while ago I bumped into [WayBackWhere can I get the glossary of Microsoft’s standard translations for computer terms? – The Old New Thing

Since I’m a non-digital pack-rat as well, I love [WayBack] this comment by [WayBack] Ian Boyd:

We have an *old* copy of the Microsoft Style Guide – an actual book. From that book i’ll always remember that e-mail has a hyphen in it.

I’ve that book too and write e-mail the same way.

But books are often hard to search through, so I love this list that [WayBack] Raymond Chen made:

I especially like the [WayBackinteractive search, but with any outcome, please remember that the context of your translation is very important.

For instance, I vividly remember a project some 20+ years ago where we had to translate the words “Close” and “Cancel” in the realm of the insurance business.

All guides indicated “Close” should become “Sluiten” which in that realm is colloquial for “Afsluiten” which means “to take out an insurance” implying a totally wrong action. Similarly “Cancel” translated to “Annuleren” which in the same realm would mean “to cancel an insurance”.

So we went for very specific translations narrowing down what exactly would happen in those screens, like:

  • “Verlaten” (English “Exit”)
  • “Bewaren” or “Opslaan” (English “Save”)
  • “Terug” (English “Back”)


Posted in Development, internatiolanization (i18n) and localization (l10), Software Development, The Old New Thing, Windows Development | Leave a Comment »

Delphi functional programming: Sequences

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/12/22

In functional programming, sequences are an important way of expressing logic.

This G+ post by Colin Johnsun discusses a library and a Spring4D way to handle sequences: I’ve release a library that allows you to iterate through a collection of items without using loops…

It’s interesting when mapping, reducing and solving many other problems in a functional way.



Posted in Delphi, Delphi 2009, Delphi 2010, Delphi XE, Delphi XE2, Delphi XE3, Delphi XE4, Delphi XE5, Delphi XE6, Delphi XE7, Delphi XE8, Development, Software Development | Leave a Comment »

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