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Re: International Perl Resourcesby tadman (Prior)
|on Jan 30, 2001 at 20:27 UTC||Need Help??|
I am curious about how often are computer languages themselves translated.
Historically, it would seem that non-English speakers have
had a substantial disadvantage when it came to programming
because not only is the documentation in terse, highly
technical English filled with obscure jargon, but the
languages themselves are often composed of English words
with a loosely coupled meaning.
Which would be even further complicated if the programmer wasn't even used to reading "right-to-left", such as Hebrew, or Arabic.
In a discussion with some associates, we were debating the merits of translating the syntax of a given language, such as HTML or Perl, into a coherent and understandable version for another language. I was thinking that even if this alternate version required a filter or parser to work properly, it would certainly chop a few major steps out of the learning curve, such as "Step 1: Learn English (One of the Most Unwieldly Languages on Earth)".
Translating the core syntax shouldn't be a terribly difficult job, at least technically speaking. This could be done any number of ways, from a module which would work on any program by Filtering the input, to a re-compiled interpreter which was called if the program was in a certain format. Converting between syntax-sets could be done easily, as the symbols may be represented by different characters. "A `shift' by any other name..." as Shakespeare might have said, were he a Perl programmer instead of a playwright.
Progressive projects like the Multilingual Domain Names are making the Internet a whole lot more understandable and accessible to the world at large. Certainly the programming languages that have made the Internet what it is today will make a similar effort.
Too wacky, or is this sort of thing worth considering?