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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Oct 11, 2006

The old Microsoft glossaries are no longer available for download (at least, unless you are an MSDN subscriber), although they have been replaced by a multilingual, updated, but much smaller glossary.

You can find more information in the following article:

Microsoft Glossaries RIP


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Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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What the glossaries are (or were) Oct 12, 2006

I've been asked to explain what the Microsoft glossaries are.

The old Microsoft glossaries (those that are no longer available without a MSDN subscription) were text files (tab separated files) which contained the English and translated strings for all (or at least most) Microsoft products. So there was a Windows XP glossary (huge), with all the strings used in Windows XP, for Spanish, one for French, etc., and then one French Microsoft Word glossary, one Spanish, etc.

These glossaries were available in a large number of languages: for each language, the Microsoft ftp site had a large zip file, which contained all the various files with the product glossaries available for that language (not all products were translated in all languages).

The languages which had the most glossaries had up to one hundred or so of them, for several hundred thousand, or even millions, of strings.

The newly available Microsoft glossary, which "replaces" the old ones, is a single comma separated file, with about 9000 terms translated into 45 languages (all in the same file). It is supposed to be more up to date and easier to use than the older glossaries, but, of course, it is far less comprehensive.

The old Microsoft glossaries have been a mainstay for those of us engaged in the translation or localization of software (at least for the Windows platform), and will be sorely missed.


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Sad to hear Nov 15, 2006

Thanks for the info. Was sorry to hear that, since they have been of great use for many years, and also made more or less the whole IT world synched terminology wise in a way we never would have been had these not been provided.

Ciao!


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glen r
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Any idea where they can be downloaded from Nov 22, 2006

Hi do you have any ideas where an alternate source for these glossaries could be found - I have searched MSDN / Subscribers downloads but to no avail.

Any help on this would be appreciated.


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Availability of MS Glossaries Nov 22, 2006

glen r wrote:

Hi do you have any ideas where an alternate source for these glossaries could be found - I have searched MSDN / Subscribers downloads but to no avail.

Any help on this would be appreciated.


Hi Glen:

If you mean the old MS Glossaries, they are no longer available for download. Many translators , of course, downloaded the glossaries they were interested in long ago, so a colleague could help you with the glossaries for a specific language.

If you mean the newly available multilingual MS Glossary, you can find the glossary at:

http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/MILSGlossary.mspx



[Edited at 2006-11-22 15:48]


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