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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: Multi-language documentation

On Fri, Sep 28, 2001 at 02:01:34AM +0930, Richard Sharpe wrote:
> I have opened a can of worms by agreeing to allow someone to translate a 
> document I wrote, that is in English, into German.
> This brings up the issue of managing both languages?
> Any suggestions on how to do it?

This is something I have thought about but never looked whether
something exists to do it.  How I'd do it is with a tool/editor that
would add explicit IDs to every block tag, and would keep timestamp in
some attribute of those tags as well.  It would then be quite easy in
a translated version to jump to the next out-of-date block.

As a bonus, this mechanism is generic enough (extended to fine-grained
enough inline tagging) to allow synchronized navigation in the
structure of 2 or more translations of a document to help in learning a
language (the original problem that triggered the idea, BTW).

I'd be thrilled to see someone actually implement this :)
Yann Dirson <Yann.Dirson@fr.alcove.com>                 http://www.alcove.com/
Free-Software Engineer				      Ingénieur Logiciel-Libre
Free-Software time manager    	       Responsable du temps Informatique-Libre

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