PMJFI here, but don't the laws in Canada require at least one alternate
language message set (French) if you do any business there?
From: IBM Mainframe Discussion List [mailto:IBM-MAIN@LISTSERV.UA.EDU] On Behalf
Of Brian Westerman
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2017 5:44 PM
Subject: Re: Researching Destination z article on non-US mainframes
Actually, even with the foreign sites, I believe that most of them elect to not
run the translated messages options. I don't normally go to the sites
(actually I never go there), but it seems to me in the meetings that (at least
the people I deal with) seem to speak English as well (or better) than I do.
In fact, they seem to take it as high praise if I should mention it. The few
discussions I have had about the subject are that it's no harder to learn
English for manual reading than any other language. I have been told that
having the manuals in digital format makes it VERY easy to cut and paste the
text into their translation program of choice. It's only the English idioms
and jokes that give them problems, and IBM books are any BUT funny.
The decline in alternate language options though (at least for messages) seems
to be more because of lack of desire on the part of the sites rather than the
vendors not creating the option(s).
Our automation products used to have the option of (I think) 12 languages for
the messages and manuals, but I can't even remember the last time someone asked
for a local language message module. With our last two versions we elected to
remove most of the messages (almost) completely. I think we still might have
some translated manuals, but that's about it.
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