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As usual, I walked in thinking I already had a good grasp on the subject, but quickly found out that things were much more complex than I ever would have thought.
For example, do you have any idea how many user interface elements there are in Visual Studio? How many words there are in the documentation?
I had a figure in my head - just a wild guess based on what seemed realistic to me.
I was off by several decimal points.
Like many other web devs, I've done a lot of internationalization work, but nothing like this.
That same complexity is the reason it was decided to kick off some wikis for MSDN. One for general documentation (look for "Community Content" mixed in with the normal stuff), and the other for internationalizaion (Portuguese).
The task itself is amazing, and that doesn't even account for all the planning around infrastructure. It's hard enough documenting a large product - now imagine doing it in a bunch of different languages.
This video is the introduction to the topic, and the next three drill down into specifics.
If you feel like you have a little too much on your plate at work, then watch this series. You'll feel much better
Also, if you're working on something as big (or bigger), say something about it in the comments. ......
- Video #1: Saying Hello
- Video #2: How and Why
- Video #3: A Huge Responsibility
- Video #4 (last): Internationalization
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