Not Getting Any
By Rickramsey-Oracle on Jul 28, 2009
You may be familiar with the sedate but classic example used to demonstrate the critical importance of punctuation....
A woman has been nursing her husband from a lingering disease, but leaves to visit her mother. He gets worse and sends her a telegram. Unfortunately, the telegraph operator misplaces the period (indicated with the term STOP), and she receives this telegram:
NOT GETTING ANY
BETTER COME HOME QUICK
At BigAdmin we've been keeping a wary eye on the increased popularity of machine translation. We would be mortified if one of our articles gave a Portuguese sysadmin these instructions:
Um beijo whiskery
Pela um adorar maio
Você não fazê-la louca
Mas o rosto dela será ferida
A whiskery kiss
For the one
May not make her mad
But her face will be sore
To make sure these cultural faux pas don't creep into our multilingual content, we've come up with a way to let you compare the translated document to the original. Here's how:
- Go to the multilingual hub.
- Select a language.
- If necessary, select the Content sub-tab.
- Click on your favorite article.
- At the top right of the article, beneath the symbols for the different languages, click on the text that says "Compare Translations" in the native language.
A window will pop up displaying the original and the translation, side by side.
If you'd like to correct something in the translated version, use the Submit Content or Link to BigAdmin link.
Let us know what you think.