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Programming / Re: Suggestion to assess software portability to OS/2
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:01:29 am »
Is there something you suggest to try to spot quickly how portable it is?

Just try to build it and select the type of possible errors and warnings which you are willing to fix, while keeping in mind how important the software to be ported is(n't)? The compiler may produce all relevant error messages, like a missing library file or function, code errors, and so on. Without having to rely on documented requirements.

The more you want, for example un-Unixified code with an OS/2 icon file and a GUI, the harder it will get. Obviously an AUTOEXEC.BAT-sorter may be a better starting point than a wishlist with fatal requirements. Regarding your wishlist, I can see a few possible libraries which probably aren't available for OS/2 anyway. So then such a library is a better starting point than the wishlist item.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 10, 2019, 07:39:14 pm »
Met gebruik van de Cairo bibliotheek."

That's "By using (of) the Cairo library".

May I suggest "Met gebruikmaking van de Cairo library.", to respect the context and to borrow the word library (as a part of the more common L of DLL)?

You'd use "met gebruikmaking van" (by making use of) like: "I'm not a programmer, but I'm recompiling Quicky by using Smedley's build environment". I didn't see your other text ("Tijd en ...") with an editor.

I don't know how the Germans would translate library. "Erstellt mit der Cairo ..."?

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 09, 2019, 05:44:28 pm »
I do mean the (missing) context of the text to be translated. It can be a header of a manual, it can be a banner, it can be an error text, and so on.

Do you have a matching sentence, i.e. context, or otherwise a technical context? Translating is not just a matter of translating words. The context should make clear how to interpret the specific text, when there may be mote than one match. The word "Using" may be more difficult than "library".

For the L of the DLL I'll probably use IBM's translation ("module"). In OS/2's Dutch a library is what you'll find in the x:\OS2\HELP subdirectory. To show a case where context could matter, "HELP LIBPATH" produces (translated):


OSO001H.MSG contains (I didn't check the whole file):


So almost a library of choices, but the point is that the option "library" is missing. Dynalink-library occurs twice, but that's a rather unusual word. Anyway, I want context of the whole  "Using ..."-part. To avoid the introduction of animals when it's raining cats and dogs in English, while it's raining pipe handles in Dutch. For example, embed it in a sentence or story. Like "(I am) Using (the) ... library (at the moment)". Or "(Manual, Chapter 2,) Using ...". The clarifying context may influence what's right, or better.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 09, 2019, 02:16:22 pm »
English: Shows different colorful shapes and figures.
Dutch: Toont verschillende kleurrijke vormen en figuren. Assuming a context of ("Dave's solution now ) Shows different ...".

Here the important full linguistic context is missing: "Using the Cairo library."

Google's German translation, one of the eCS languages, seems to be right too: Zeigt verschiedene farbenfrohe Formen und Figuren..

What's the context of the MSG text "Using the Cairo library."?

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:11:41 am »
An update, of the 3 *.ICO files (folder closed, folder opened, NConvert.EXE) only.
Oops, this is a hard one. With a bad monitor it still doesn't look alright...

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 08, 2019, 03:59:45 pm »
I'll attach the simple en.msg, both in a zip.

A candidate for a translation requests-thread, despite of the fact that the MSG file may be compiled. So simple, that Google gets it right, albeit in Dutch you'd use the rather detailed fixed expression "shapes AND figures" less often.

English: Cairo Shapes
Dutch: unchanged, copied or borrowed words. "Cairo shapes" (not uppercasing each word) would be overdoing it.

English: Shows different colorful shapes and figures.
Dutch: Toont verschillende kleurrijke vormen en figuren. Assuming a context of ("Dave's solution now ) Shows different ...".

Here the important full linguistic context is missing: "Using the Cairo library.", and it may be easier to replace "library" by "DLL" because the isolated last "L" isn't the first character of a Dutch bibliotheek. In IBM's Dutch (source: OS MSG file) DLLs are "dynamic-link-modules", but you aren't using the word module in English.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 08, 2019, 03:16:15 pm »
This is actually "scherm beveiliger", should it still be "schermbeveilig"?

Likewise, this is actually "Wachtwoord beveiliging", should it be  "achtwoordbeveilig" Also I find "wachtwoord beveiligingsvenster" and "wachtwoord beveiligd" Perhaps I should attach the IPF.

Thanks, I'll attach the IPF due to confusion as mentioned above. Also I added NLS support to CairoShapes and currently only have a Spanish translation, I'll attach the simple en.msg, both in a zip.

No, it's a case-sensitive binary replacement string which accounts for both "Schem..." and "scherm". And for all suffixes. A simple search & replace will do, without having to touch any other character. As discussed recently in a browser name-thread, -er works the same in several languages anyway. Protect, protecter. Just replace all occurances of "cherm beveilig" by "chermbeveilig".

Same. It will fix more than it will brake. "wachtwoordbeveiligingsvenster" is okay, and so is "wachtwoordbeveiligd". The "s" between "beveiliging" and "venster" is the same "s" as yours. hers, his, Tom's. An alternative is "venster (of the) wachtwoordbeveiliging". Just replace the text as instructed, without touching any another characters. Case-insensitive ("cherm Beveilig"  -> "chermbeveilig"). Delete the space; don't change "screener" to "creen". Do keep wrapping lines in mind ("screen0D0Aprotection" instead of "screen20protection").

You'll be able to search & replace w.r.t. the on-topic file. I'll look at the other one later, and wouldn't mind some translation requests-thread with a few sentences or words, with context, per day. In the case of Doodle's we're talking about a full manual, of a product which I'm not using. Hence the restriction. Extra spaces are occuring quite a few times, without having to review (and possibly discuss) a full manual.

Applications / Re: Firefox 45.9.0 can no longer play Youtube movies ?
« on: October 08, 2019, 02:54:12 pm »

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 08, 2019, 03:24:24 am »
I am kind of hoping for translations as well :)

Okay, albeit I'm not using it. Some minor space-related fixes w.r.t. SS_NL.HLP and SS_NL.MSG, in smaller chunks. No credits please:

Replace "cherm beveilig" by "schermbeveilig" (removal of the space).
Replace "achtwoord beveilig" by "achtwoordbeveilig" (removal of the space).

Sometimes it's already good. like "Schermbeveiligingsmodules' in the MSG file. In general they'll often have translated two words (password protection). In Dutch that may imply safer passwords (password protection) instead of protection by using a password (passwordprotection).

The rather long HLP file subject "Het instellen van de taal van de scherm beveiliging", almost French with lots of "de la" and "du" (the setting of the language of the screen protection), can be replaced by the shorter "Instellen schermbeveiligingstaal" (set screenprotection'slanguage). Or, perhaps better, "Instellen taal schermbeveiliging" (set(ting the) language (of the) screen protection). Or just "Instellen taal", set language, if that;'s clear enough. If screen protection is "screen protector", then replace 'schermbeveiliging" by "schermbeveiliger" ("Instellen taal schermbeveiliger"). Setting the language of the screen protecting software. That may be the best match, but that's unverified.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 07, 2019, 07:33:30 am »
And folder icons for BackAgain/2000.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 07, 2019, 05:20:55 am »
Folder icons for ColEm/2, a ColecoVision emulator. The icon files are based on the quite dark, but nevertheless unchanged original ColEm/2 icon.

Applications / Re: Timidity MCD install (Minstaller).
« on: October 06, 2019, 01:24:03 am »
I want to have MIDI support on MMOS2, because I want to try to get MIDI sound on solo old OS/2 games like Lemmings, Makman.

The Makman MIDI files seems to require more instruments than supported by Timidity by default, if is anything to go by. So you may need real, supported hardware after all.

You could try to convert (directly or indirectly) a sound file to a supported MMOS/2 file format, e.g. WAV, and next hope that Makman uses the right technology. For example, you can copy Makman's EATING.WAV to EATING.MID, and use x:\MMOS2\PLAY.CMD FILE="EATING.MID" to play the renamed file. Of course it'll be a WAV file, but with a file name expected by the app. If that works with Makman, then...

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Somehow play VEMBO.MID and record that as VEMBO.WAV (or convert an unsupported file format binary, if possible)


To test, please first try this with an existing audio file, per app, and make sure the sound file will actually be used by the app. I don't know how to let Makman play VEMBO.MID, without having tested that. I cannot hear a MP3 files saved as VEMBO.MID, but that doesn't rule out that this won't work with Makman.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 04, 2019, 03:02:40 pm »
I'll look at Access 2.0's too.

Here is it. Only 32x32 (original) and 40x40 (new) again, mainly to not make the background look like some bar code. It's a mix of several images.

Applications / Re: David's Doodles
« on: October 04, 2019, 03:18:34 am »
OS/2 icon files, only the original 32x32 icon and a new 40x40 icon, for Microsoft Excel 5.0a, Microsoft PowerPoint 4.0 and Microsoft Word 6.0a. No smaller sizes, because the single goal was to create a better looking larger icon which still looks the original one. If you want cool or more modern non-VGA Microsoft Office icons, then perhaps use a newer image source file than Office 4.3's.

I'll look at Access 2.0's too, but there the background of larger image sources is different (no text, different ratios of items).

Web applications / Re: How to make php active in Apache
« on: October 03, 2019, 06:31:20 pm »

If local, is the software in use to view the webpage also using the same LIBPATH setting(s)?

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