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Translation taken too far

Posted by Daniel Hölbling on August 26, 2009

I’ve said in the past that I believe you have to know English to be a programmer, and sometimes I get a painful reminder about how right I was.

After installing git on my laptop today I found out that GitGui has been set to German instead of English. Look at this wonderful commit dialog:

image Isn’t that awesome? I speak German and can’t tell you what they could possible mean with words like Abzeichnen (to sign sth.) and Eintragen (to chart sth?) since they don’t even remotely translate to words like commit. They don’t use the words all the others use, thus alienating everyone and separating German GitGui users from the rest of the world.

Desaster, I think I’ll have to point this out to the GitGui mailing list. It just doesn’t make sense this way.

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