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Re: Emacs as a translator's tool

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Emacs as a translator's tool
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2021 09:41:52 -0800
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Kevin Vigouroux via Users list for the GNU Emacs text editor
<> writes:

> Hello,
> At first, personally, I would have started from a large number of
> existing features that I could have reused.
> For the design, I would rather point towards XLIFF 2 [2], precisely
> because fundamental ideas have already been formulated and implemented.

Part of the problem is that "translation" ends up meaning very different
things in different contexts. I mostly translate fiction or other long
chunks of prose, but occasionally film scripts and subtitles. The
requirements there are very different (and much more fluid) than
something like XLIFF, which seems firmly aimed at localization. I can't
imagine a major-mode that would be practically useful for both
localization and fiction translation.

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