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The following are examples of content which, though it re-uses common words (in this case English, but the idea applies to any language), should not be translated by automatic language conversion software. This might also apply to the pronunciation of content, by screen readers and aural browsers.


Types of content which should not be translated include:

Examples without microformats

These examples are not marked up with microformats. If they were, software could be told to refrain from translating them into other languages. They may be used as test cases.

"The Anchor"
4, Green Lane
Abbots Field
South Downs

Examples with microformats

The same examples, marked up with current or draft microformats.

"<span class="fn org">The Anchor</span>"
<span class="adr">
<span class="street-address">4, Green Lane</span>
<span class="locality">Abbots Field</span>
<span class="region">South Downs</span>
<span class="country-name">England</span>
<span class="postal-code">ME4 8UP</span>

Automated translations of this page

At the time of writing, these links illustrate the problems caused by the inappropriate translation of such examples:

See also

content-translation was last modified: Monday, June 11th, 2007