Tag: language

Language at the ❤ of Conversational Interfaces

A Chat About Language and UI Chatbots and conversational interfaces are all the rage right with startups, VCs, innovators and users alike. Messenger apps have surpassed social media in terms of popularity and we’re witnessing the awesome agency of chatbots such as KLM Messenger as a natural way for users to perform a huge range of digital asks and tasks without the need...

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Blame Florida. Again: Is Coding Just Another Language?

An interesting debate: Is coding just another language? Some people in Florida seems to think so, and the Senate there is set to act. For me, this “let’s-all teach-little-kids-coding” stuff is about parental fears, blind ignorance about what constitutes a core competency and non-exportable skill (such, as say, “design”), and a living embodiment of that Shavian observation about us...

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Language and Your Internet Experience. YMMV

Yup, when it comes to your online experience, your mileage may vary (YMMV) for sure, depending on the language you speak. Check out this great article from The Guardian if you don’t believe me! The digital language barrier: how does language shape your experience of the internet? It’s a powerful insight into how language interplays with the...

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Working Out Context in the Enterprise: Localize That!

I just came across an interesting terminology issue for enterprise applications’ user experience and localization, generally. What should we call the people in an organization who do the work of the business and rely on software to help them do so? Take the English language term worker appearing in a software application’s user interface (UI)....

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Programming and Programmer Languages: Beyond "Hello World"?

Interesting discussion (of old) on the StackExchange blog podcast about coding in other natural languages. Other than English, that is. So,should programming languages should be localized or not? The podcast mentions the case of Microsoft Excel’s Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) language, which was localized from US English (the source/target paradigm framing the discussion is...

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Et Vous, @Brute?

Great article, courtesy of the BBC News online magazine, called Tu and Twitter. It is the end for  ‘Vous’ In French? highlights the social and political interplay of technology and language. Other languages such as Italian and Spanish are mentioned too. Of course, Twitter isn’t going to finish off French language formality or any  social...

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