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Hi there!

One things that has remained unclear to me in the localisation process is the role of the symbol & in the translatable part of the strings.

I have left it as is in strings when it is positioned at the beginning of a word (i.e. &Copy, &Save as) but sometimes it appears in the middle of words (i.e. C&ut, E&xit) and I'm still unsure of what I should do with it in those occasions.

Any feedback is much appreciated, thanks!

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Don't quote me on this, but I assume the ampersand denotes the letter that is used as a keyboard shortcut.

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^What you're saying sounds very familiar and I think it's true. (Thanks for the swift response!)

But it creates a big dilemma now as I haven't translated a piece of software before that has menu shortcuts.

I'd love to hear a few ideas/suggestions from fellow localisers as to how they dealt with that.

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Thinking about it there is no guarantee that the shortcut will appear in the translated string: e.g. in a Chinese or Arabic translation you're not going to find C in the translation of Copy.

My best guess is to add the shortcut immediately after the translation: Copy >> XghttfdGHG (C).

Oh, btw XghttfdGHG is a Klingon word that means copy or alternatively exterminate with exterme prejudice :lol:

Rick may already have a process or procedure that covers this eventuality.

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Thinking about it there is no guarantee that the shortcut will appear in the translated string: e.g. in a Chinese or Arabic translation you're not going to find C in the translation of Copy.

My best guess is to add the shortcut immediately after the translation: Copy >> XghttfdGHG (C).

Oh, btw XghttfdGHG is a Klingon word that means copy or alternatively exterminate with exterme prejudice :lol:

Rick may already have a process or procedure that covers this eventuality.

You can switch to the other languages in the app to see what the conventions are for various languages or language types (Latin vs. East Asian).

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