[Mailman-Developers] Translation in E-mail

Rafael Cordones Marcos rcm@sasaska.net
Tue Nov 5 15:22:14 2002

Hi folks,

I have been searching the Mailman website and have not found any reference
to what I am looking for, i.e. translating e-mail. I am not talking about
translating the Mailman software or documentation (i18n) but translating
the e-mails that people send to the mailing list.

I am looking for the following functionality in a mailing list software:

 - As an administrator:

    - set up some default machine translation (MT) engine.
      For example, I want to use Babelfish for translating between English
and Spanish but I wat to use some other engine for
      translating between German and Swedish.

    - specify the subject of the mailing list and thus improving the
      translation results. For instance, I can specify that the
      mailing list is about "Technical -> Operating Systems -> Minix"
(just kidding).

 - As a user:

    - I want to subscribe to the mailing list and specify my
      language (natural) language preferences. Say I want specify
      {Catalan, Spanish, German}.

    - e-mail going to the list gets sent to a machine translation
      before it gets sent to me. I can optionaly say to the
      mailing list software that I want to receive also the original message.

    - If I do not like the translation of an e-mail I can choose some
      other machine translation engine. I may decide that some other
translation engine does a better job or even pay to get
      get better translations. Maybe the administrator forgot to
      specify a machine translation engine for Euskera<->Farsi and I know
of one that just started operating.

I would appreciate any information you may have on this topic. Maybe
somebody has started implementing this in Mailman or is already
implemented? Send me any comments, problems you see on the aforementioned
working schema,  flames, ...

Thanks a lot for your time!


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