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Sun 25 Jan 2004
Postfix Enabler 1.0.9 in French
Category : Commentary/pfeInFrench.txt
Michel Poulain sent me a version of the Postfix Enabler 1.0.9 interface in French. I'll take a day or two to incorporate this into a working version.
Apple has a very nice way of doing the language customisation but, so far, I hadn't had time to learn enough to exploit it. I've done it the brute-force way with the Chinese translation. But the problem comes when you make changes to the system. You have to merge in the different language versions all over again. Apple's engineers appear to have put a lot of thought into this, and I think their way is designed to take a lot of the pain out of doing this.
It's during a time like this that you can sometimes see how far down the line Apple, as a company, had carried the DNA of their founders. I remember reading about Steve Wozniak talking about his design for a circuit board, how he worked hard to eliminate the cross-over wiring, how even if nobody else sees it, he would still do it because (and I'm probably paraphrasing him here), it's the aesthetically right thing to do. (I hope to find a web page that contains this but I believe I read it in a book a long time ago; but you get the drift).
Some of these things that Apple did, like language customisation done the Mac Way, are not things that are immediately apparent to business users. But these are things that are of very real benefit to the business world, especially now that we're wanting to do business all over the world. Yet again, it never fails to amaze me how the best all-time machine for running a business on has never, ever, been considered a serious business machine. What have all these IT guys been smoking?
But back again to Postfix Enabler. I'll get the French version out in a few days. Thanks again to Michel Poulain (Mike), and all the French-speaking people who had supported Postfix and Sendmail Enablers, right from the start.