[wikireader]Suggestions for next steps on software

Paul Fertser fercerpav at gmail.com
Fri Oct 30 22:51:26 CET 2009

David Reyes Samblas Martinez <david at tuxbrain.com> writes:
> 2009/10/30 Paul Fertser <fercerpav at gmail.com>:
>> David Reyes Samblas Martinez <david at tuxbrain.com> writes:
>>> *First and prioritary,
>>> allow have multiple languages on same sdcard
>> TBH i can't really understand the desire to have encyclopedic articles
>> written in other languages.
> let me gess... your native  language is english isn't it? :P

Wrong :P I learnt English a little bit at school and later at the
University. I guess it's obvious for a native speaker judging by my
far from ideal writing skills.

>> It's encyclopedia, not literature after
>> all! Why not concentrate on correctness and volume instead of
>> translating from one language to another equivalent (for this
>> purposes)? It's just happened so that English became an
>> internationally understood way of communication, what is the benefit
>> in trying so hard to do something to alter that?
> as arne has pointed is not just translating each wikipedia in
> different language is a different wikipedia and local topics as
> geography and cultural topics are more rich in the local language than
> in a foreign one.

It's true, i agree. But i tend to look for non-local topics on >90% of
occassions. Also in my experience looking for local topics is usually
more rewarding when i do simple googling instead of reading localized

> Also you must face a fact... not everyone in a non english country
> speaks/reads/or even have listen ever  english! yes! it's true believe
> me , or travel a little more (outside the tourist circuits of course)
> :)

I think volunteers that write wikipedia articles do that for the
benefit of the people who want to learn. And those who do can learn
enough English to understand articles, it'd also have other numerous
benefits obviously.

> Also comercial reasons the more lenguages can be integrated the more
> maket you will arrive.

Heh, commercial reasons are something i tend to overlook usually :)

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