From: Stephen D. Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jun 21 2000 - 16:55:32 PDT
Mark Day wrote:
> Something similar was running as a demo inside Lotus late last year. In the
> prototype, there was a particular "special person" who you could put on your
> Sametime buddy list. When you sent that "person" an instant message, they
> would immediately send you back a translated version. You could switch
> between French, German, and Spanish (I think). It was pretty amusing. I
> assume that the new version has a less klugey interface.
> I don't know what to think about the idea that it took a team of 250 to do
> this. I had thought it was a pretty straightforward hack using other
> vendors' translation engines, but maybe there's more to it.
I agree. I thought about doing this, last year. Some associates used to own a
translation software company and have contacts, etc.
Maybe there were 225 testers?
Of course it's possible that they augmented a phrase database or something.
Ideally you would design the system to do that on the fly in a distributed way.
An open-source translation engine, once it existed to a somewhat usable state,
could easily grow by volunteers that agree to 'fix' bad translations.
> Mark Stuart Day
> Senior Scientist
> Cisco Systems
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> > Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 3:19 PM
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> > Subject: Sametime, same bat station
> > Lotus Ireland, a subsidiary of International Business Machines
> > Corp, said on
> > Wednesday it had developed a new software product allowing people speaking
> > different languages to communicate across the Web. The new system, called
> > Lotus Translation Services for Sametime (LTSS), translates Web chat and
> > communications as typed in real time
> > http://infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/00/06/21/000621hnlotusireland.xml
> > http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000621/tc/lotus_language_dc_1.html
> > http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000621/tc/lotus_dc_1.html
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