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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: TDF Statutes -- check over the EN version


2012/9/16 Marc Paré <marc@marcpare.com>

Hi Florian,

Le 2012-09-16 05:39, Florian Effenberger a écrit :

 Hi,

Marc Paré wrote on 2012-09-16 08:19:

The TDF/LibreOffice global websites use International language as its
international language base. The documents will not be a legal document,
but a translation of a legal document. The TDF is registered in Germany
and the legal documents are in DE.


the documents in their current form have been translated by a lawyer
together with a native speaker. So, from my POV, we should definitely be
very careful in changing words, and involving someone understanding the
German legal system can't harm (I can't volunteer, I desperately lack
time).

Otherwise, I fear, we change the document according to "sounds good",
but screw up the meaning :-)

Florian


Yes, the exercise is not to make the document "sound good", but to fix
grammatical/spelling errors in EN, establish a proper form (i.e. title form
should be uniform throughout the text) as well as make the document
sensible. This, all keeping true to the DE document which supersedes it
legally.

"The membership in the board of directors ends after term of office and
the appointment of a successor, by death or by resignation, which is
permissible at any time." -- this to me, in EN, is nonsensical. the
sentence needs to be reformulated to correctly represent the DE version.
There are more instances of incorrect use of punctuation that suggest the
wrong intent of sentences. There should also be no spellingz errers.

If the small team looking at the document is still not satisfactory, we
should wait till we have a member(s) who is/are familiar with the German
legal system to help.

A reminder to us that the TDF/LibreOffice make use of international
English on its site(s).


Cheers,

Marc

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Marc, the distinction you make between *producing* a legal document and *
translating* one is essential ; in cases of disagreement between versions,
it would (here) be the original German version which prevails. Our task
would rather be to improve the readability of the English language version,
to the degree that such is required. I find your idea of putting the text
on a wiki excellent....

Henri

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