[PD] [FM Discuss] Portuguese translation of the PD manual

João Pais jmmmpais at googlemail.com
Mon Aug 16 01:14:20 CEST 2010

>> - but anyway Pd's operating language is (and it will be for much time)
>> english. Since all help files are in english, it's not possible to go  
>> beyond
>> a certain level in Pd without coping with this.
> Do you mean it's not possible to translate help files ?

I guess it should be as possible as to translate anything else. but since  
the "official language" is english, and all attached documents are  
english, don't know how is feasible to translate everything and keep  
things updated in any other language. unless many people have lots of free  

>> Having the object list in english slowly makes people get used to this
>> reality
> Having the object list translated slowly makes people get used to the
> possible future of translated help files.

guess so. be my guest, I'm not stopping anyone. just don't waste all the  
time and energy in any uncoordenated effort, leaving in the end lots of  
scattered information.

>> - I compiled this object list, and am fed up with it - it had to
>> be done with copy-paste.
> I have made a tool to maintain an object list in several languages. It's
> what was used to generate gridflow/doc/index.pd. Currently I use it only
> for a single language, but it's already easy to plug alternate languages
> into it, and it sorts the object list alphabetically and keeps everything
> aligned, with the same spacing all over.
> Just to make sure : by object list I mean something with short
> descriptions, as found when right-clicking in the background of a canvas.
> You mean the same thing, right ?

yes. http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/, "LIST OF OBJECTS"

>> this list is, in theory, already obsolete 5 minutes after being done.
>> There are always new objects,
> I don't think that there ought to be a single centrally-maintained list.

that was the state of Pd externals before Pd-ext appeared, and no one knew  
exactly how many and which objects were available. I don't imagine having  
things scattered around to be of advantage to any users or programmers out  
there. something similar would logically apply to a general object list, I  
haven't heard anyone complaining about the effort I've made in making a  
big (unfinished) list of objects.

> I
> also don't think that it ought to be in a format that makes you think
> something like "it's obsolete 5 minutes after being done" : a minor  
> update
> should feel like a minor update and not like a whole "oh no, not again !"
> kind of chore.

for now the original format is an excel file, hardly a recommendable  
format for a dynamic list. someone had shown interest in making a drupal  
online list server, but I haven't heard from him for over an year.

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