Communicator Now Available In 23 Languages
Sunday June 27th, 1999
Arielb writes, "Netscape [is now] available in 23 languages (US English, UK English, French, German, Japanese, Danish, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish and Slovenian)."
Check out the press release.
I think this number will be going up drastically after Mozilla is released. I know that Thai and Catalan localization projects are currently ongoing. If you have info on others, please let us know in Talkback.
#3 Re: "porting" to a language
Sunday June 27th, 1999 9:27 AM
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i don't know how the 4.x codebase is set up, but if it was done even halfway properly, one needs not "port" an application to a new language.
the process is known as "localization", and one merely translates the text strings and puts them in the proper place; maybe there's a need for recompilation, sometimes not even that.
in any event, for any application that's already been translated even remotely well, doing it again is more a matter for translators than programmers. it should not steal much time from fixing bugs.