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un mot d'état & calculateur de simulation

English translation: status word

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08:19 Jul 31, 2000
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase: un mot d'état & calculateur de simulation
This is also from a computer game testing document. The context is as follows:
Si une collision est détectée, un mot d'état est retourné calculateur de simulation avec l'indication du type de collision.
bharg
India
Local time: 22:54
English translation:status word
Explanation:
Also known as a "status flag." Here the text is addressing the software in pure programming terms. "If a collision is detected, a status word is returned for calculation of the simulation, with an indication of the type of collision." You could also say, more literally, "...status word is returned that calculates the simulation...."; however, in programming, status words usually just trigger the calculation (which is then actually performed by another routine in the code).
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Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 09:24
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Thanks again, but don't you think calculateur de simulation would be simulation computer??
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status word


Explanation:
Also known as a "status flag." Here the text is addressing the software in pure programming terms. "If a collision is detected, a status word is returned for calculation of the simulation, with an indication of the type of collision." You could also say, more literally, "...status word is returned that calculates the simulation...."; however, in programming, status words usually just trigger the calculation (which is then actually performed by another routine in the code).

Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 09:24
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 953
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Thanks again, but don't you think calculateur de simulation would be simulation computer??
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In answer to your question,


Explanation:
in this case, no. In the phrase " un mot d'état est retourné calculateur de simulation," the entire term "calculateur de simulation" refers to what the status word does. The construction is a typically elliptical French one, in which the useful words "qui sert de" or somesuch are omitted. -- Another clue that "calculateur de simulation" doesn't mean "simulation computer" is that if this had been the case (which wouldn't make sense from a graphics software viewpoint, I can state with confidence, having written some games programs, once in another life), the text would have said, quite un-elliptically, " retourné au calculateur de simulation." -- In the present example, all of the transactions (the collision detection, the "retour," and the calculation) take place within the same overall piece of code.

Heathcliff
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