Machine Translation

Doug Ewell doug at
Sat Sep 12 23:39:09 CEST 2009

CE Whitehead <cewcathar at hotmail dot com> wrote:

> Personally, I'd like to be told when I retrieved a document whether it 
> was a human translation or machine translation or original, and if 
> either of the former, where the original was lodged--if it is lodged 
> online, and particularly so before I put the document through an 
> online translator.  (For example, if I retrieved a document translated 
> from French to English with a machine, and I were a native speaker of 
> French, and I put it back through a machine to get a French version, 
> that would be ----- dumb, I guess.)
> The w3c's policy for translations--requiring at the top or bottom of a 
> document (in a header or footer that 'wraps' the document) a statement 
> indicating that a document is a translation, the the original document 
> is the normative version of the document, and with the URL of the 
> original document--does result in this information's appearing in 
> search results (this is helpful!).  I've not been able to locate much 
> about translation policy otherwise online but note that joomla 
> translations does have a translation policy:

All the complexity described here does tend to imply that BCP 47 
language tags might not be an appropriate place for declaring 
"translated mechanically" after all.

I hope some of the feedback on this list is being relayed back to 
Debbie's colleagues who requested this in the first place.  Maybe they 
would be satisfied with a higher-level protocol such as this.

Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |
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