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Re: masdar or fi3l amr
- To: Documentation and Translation <doc at arabeyes dot org>
- Subject: Re: masdar or fi3l amr
- From: Youcef Rabah Rahal <rahal at arabeyes dot org>
- Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:02:07 +0100
- Organization: Arabeyes
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Hmm, nice passionate debate ;-)
Anyway, I have no specific preference but here's what I think.
* When I first met a computer, the GUI was in French... In that language, it
happens that all the actions are in the _infinitive_ form.
* When I first seen an English interface, I was already biased. In that
language, as you know, it happens that the imperative and infinitive forms
are not distinguishable. So, for me, English people was using infinitive too
* When I finally met an Arabic interface, the interfaces were mainly using
masdars (infinitive). So for me, nothing changed really.
So, to summarize, I got early to use infinitive (masdars) in interfaces.
However, recently, I started to use Imperative forms in translations and I
saw imperative forms in GUIs. And I must say that it is not bad at all and
one can really get used to it quickly.
What I think therefore is that moving to imperative forms should not be an
issue in itself. Given some time for people to get used to it, it should
become natural. What I want to understand is why, in the first place, we
should we prefer imperative form ? ie. Is there any references that talk
about this issue ? Are there any links out there that speak about this
specific issue (for ex: In English GUIs, strings are in imperative forms and
not infinitive etc).
Again, I do not prefer any solution really. I just want to have a rationale
for us to use something rather than the other. I may be biased, but look, the
French (and the Spanish if I'm not mistaken) use infinitive forms in their
GUIs (not only the translated ones), so why should _we_ use imperative forms
Just wanting to understand and make a constructive debate,
Youcef R. Rahal
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