Re: official languages of ISO / IEC (CIE)

From: Antoine Leca (
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 04:45:56 CST

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    On Tuesday, November 8th, 2004 23:13Z E. Keown va escriure:
    > Does either the ISO or the IEC have official
    > languages?

    As far as I know, yes, three.

    BTW, about U.N. I believe there are 6 "working languages."

    > Whether official or not, is French the
    > 'second language' of the standards world?

    You are not expecting us to feed this troll, are you?

    > I'm about to translate something into technical
    > French.....I still didn't purchase a technical French
    > dictionary because the ones I've seen didn't have
    > enough computer terminology.

    Anyway, if you want to do technical translations of computer matters into
    French, you'll invariably fall into one (or both) of two traps: either using
    much too much anglicismes (i.e. words borrowed from English while a
    equivalent and perfectly valid French word does exist), or using official
    neologisms that nobody use in practice.

    To make matter worse, the status of a word varies with your position on the
    planet: i.e. some words are customary in France while other are in Quebec.

    Reality is that the language _spocken_ by the techies, at least in France
    (or Spain) but also in Quebec I believe, is full of English words which
    should not be used. Things are a bit /better/ (from my point of view; read
    /different/ for a more neutral view) with written material.

    And I do not say that because you are not a native: we all do that as well,
    for that translating to French technical material is usually very difficult
    to do right, particularly for non-specialist in the field as I am.

    Now I let Patrick comment on this one, I am sure he will add things ;-)))
    Just keep in mind *he* is a professional.

    Bonne chance pour votre traduction.


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