viyyer (viyyer) wrote,

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Real Localization(Lost in Context)

I have been thinking about Localization since long time. The problem with localization is fact that we are trying to fit some other language on top of something which was written for some other language and a completely different context. I have been thinking for quite sometime. who does someone who will use computer for the first time need to learn english or the english context.

why should the first dialog on the menu be called file or फ़ाईल ?

why should we look at desktop and call it डेस्कटाप?

if at all this is to suffice the people who will anyways learn computers in hinglish why use hinglish ?

Are we not lost in context to try using american computers in india or in somewhere which don't speak english only using the same language. I am not saying that we fight this for pride or patriotism or the sense of heritage. I think there is a great deal of sense in doing this as we are loosing a great talent pool. Esp with reducing prices as the key.  programming in indian languages could really be the key. I think hindawi in it's polished states will be very useful. I think many languages might evolve to that extent. I envision education system and the whole hierarchy is badly broken. I think this seems a great thing to try.

Why do people use computers? There is *work* the endless tyranny of *productivity* and financial tools. And ofcourse there is the timepass , music, videos and of course.  The formers are a bit localized and it's still work under progress. The latters are very very important. Computers wouldn't have come this far had it not been for the chess engines running on it.
just off the track remembered how the voting machine was converted into a chess board by the CCC group to prove that electronic voting is dangerous.
Coming back to the point, I really believe that game need to be localized not just the sounds and the strings but the whole freaking context. India needs it's own gaming industry. If not atleast small players providing ability to play many of the traditional games. I understand sudoku is fun. There is vast majority of games which are waiting to be ported to the computer.
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