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Ekaterina Lazhintseva has been involved in the Russification of Microsoft products since the days of Windows for Workgroups. For some time, she published in her LJ interesting cases from past localizations, including the history of the memorable "application" in IE 4.0 .
And it is partly from inexperience, partly in the heat of the young enthusiasm, translated in a very unusual way. We still returned a lot of things to a more familiar look, but the “application launched” was noticed too late when the line had already left Ireland for Redmond to be included in the Java machine, and we were no longer able to fix it. (from other interesting translations: Access denied "Denied claims.")

In the JVM settings, unusual translations are still found:
show warning pennants

Another blooper - on the “Windows for Workgroups” box in several places, missed the word groups . (I suspect that the phrase was not included in the length of the layout, and because of this, the last word was cut off when typing.)
The resulting localization would be suitable for the country of victorious socialism: Windows for workers . At the last moment, however, the words disappeared were noticed and corrected.

Small typos, it happens, go unnoticed, despite all the readings. Funny typos rarely come out, but, for example, in some of the versions of DirectX, instead of the Video settings, we have Video settings .

At first they wanted to call the Start button Start - the word was initially simple and clear, why invent something more sophisticated? But just at the crucial moment Catherine was not at work, and behind her back the button was renamed , giving a “more Russian” name.
Basically, when it is possible, Russian names try to choose a consonant original (for example, the profile for the profile and the domain for the domain ), even when this consonant word seems meaningless in the new context. A rarely chosen non-literal translation, expressing a general meaning, as a shortcut label . Often, such a translation is too clumsy to gain a foothold in lively speech: remember the browser instead of the browser , the account instead of the account , or the web site is found instead of the website found .
Prikladyenitsa was, of course, the exception - not tracing paper and not clericalism, but a living new word; therefore, it clearly did not fit into Microsoft’s “language policy”.
Interesting fate and the word blog . Slovenian localizers have recognized as successful the spletnik tumor , formed from a pair of words splet (web, web) and dnevnik . Domestic same fluctuated between tracing the blog and clumsy turnover of the network diary / network journal . I did not see the Russified Vista, so I don’t know which of the options I finally stopped at.
Only in two other languages ​​the blog was translated by a native word. In Greek - the word histology , formed, as well as the long-existing word histology , from the roots of histos (tissue, web) and logos . And in Arabic - the word mudavvana , from the root of the sofa (entry, magazine) .

Ekaterina managed to become famous not only for her translations :
In general, Word (already 6.0) I will remember all my life: someone steal (sorry, stole) a set of diskettes, where, through carelessness during the installation, I hammered my name, and it was recorded in the file setup.inf on the 1st diskette. This set was then widely replicated by pirates. I still had a long shout: in one company, when I introduced myself, a man jumped out from behind a partition with joyful shouts “is it you ?? !!! I have your Word worth !!! I thought you were a fictional person. " (I wonder how I was not fired).

Finally, in her LiveJournal, she complains quite a lot about the Russian keyboard layout, which was created incomprehensibly by whom and incomprehensible how. Most of all, she, like A. Lebedev , is annoyed by the need to clamp Shift to enter a comma. Ekaterina also notes that the Russian layout is the only one, except for the American one, that does not use the AltGr key; and she proposed to create a new standard Russian layout in which Latin letters and punctuation marks from the American layout would be entered when AltGr was held down.
Unfortunately, in spite of considerable authority (for example, CP-1251 was officially registered with IANA in the name of Katya Lazhintseva), it never came to update the standard layout.

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/105532/

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