Sunday, October 30, 2011

Counting in Salishan languages

Spoken in southern British Columbia (Canada) and in the north of Washington, in Oregon, Idaho and Montana states in the U.S., the Salishan languages form a continuum of about thirty languages. If the situation is worrying for many of them, others are supported by their communities and are at different levels of use, education and revitalization.
Among them, we find the Comox (400 speakers), Halkomelem (200 speakers), Saanich (about twenty speakers), Squamish (about fifteen speakers) and Klallam (about ten speakers) languages.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Client experience and translation follow-up

 A translation project does not limit itself to an input text and an output translation. Even if the translation freelance offers on the web are only fighting over the price of the translated word, a real client experience needs to go further and to follow the project after its delivery.

In translation as in any other field, a satisfied client will think about us when new needs arise, or when one of their contacts ask for a good translator. Beyond that mere marketing point of view, a client is not a revenue source but a partner with whom we do business in an interdependent relationship. If they need us, we need them even more, as they can find other contractors a click away.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Advanced jQuery Form validation (2): Validate a date

After checking a phone number against its international format, we will now check if a date entered as a string is valid.

We can of course use a date picker such as jQueryUI Datepicker to ease the user experience and with a nicer look and feel, but the aim of this example is to show you some advanced jQuery Form validation so we will use a very simple example. As a matter of fact, even with the aformentioned date picker, this control is still useful as your users can enter the date manually in your text input field.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Counting in Kanak languages

Spoken in the New-Caledonia archipelago, the 28 Kanak languages belong to the Austronesian languages family. Among them, we find Nengone, Paicî and Nêlêmwa, which respectively count 9,000, 7,000 and 1,000 speakers older than 14 years.