My Peep At Life…

November 3, 2008

Lost in Translation

Filed under: News — @ 10:30 AM

Sign correct in english, completely different in welsh

Working in different languages can be difficult, and mistakes can be easily missed. The council in wales had a rather embarrassing mishap with this sign though. They didn’t realise the response to their translation request was an out of office automated reply. So instead of the expected no entry wording they actually produced a sign saying out of the office in welsh!

This mistake just points out the value of testing to me. You would thing it was common sense to have any translated wording checked by some one who spoke the language! Maybe it’s just my experience in software testing that makes this so obvious though, as you so often see badly translated documents. The worst thing about this though is that it’s not an isolated case, once is bad enough but making the same mistake over again!

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