Bad Localization Example (Java on OS X)

This is the dialog window that appears when you try to run a Java Applet on Mac OS X 10.5.7 with the last Java update (I’m running Java 1.5.0_19 according to this test).


Take a look at the checkbox:

  • In Italian it’s “l’accesso” (definite article+noun), not “laccesso”. The same error appears in the first label, so I suppose they have some difficulties dealing with apostrophes. This problem was already there before the Java update.
  • Applet’s name and author are gone, replaced by {0} and {1} (this started with the last Java update).

Here’s my questions:

  • Who is to blame for this window? Sun (as I suppose) or Apple? Sure it’s not Mozilla’s fault, since the same thing happens with Safari 4.
  • Is this happening only with the Italian localization of OS X? Are other locales affected as well?
  • How can we try to fix that, since someone will think for sure that this is our (Mozilla localizers) fault?

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3 responses to “Bad Localization Example (Java on OS X)”

  1. Wladimir Palant Avatar

    My guess would be Apple, same dialog looks considerably different on Windows:

    Granted, I am running Java 1.6.0_13 but I am pretty sure the dialog didn’t look much different in Java 1.5 either.

  2. flod Avatar

    Thanks Wladimir, I’ve opened a bug on

    Let’s see their answer 😉

  3. krj Avatar

    diamo laccesso ad una scuola a {0} e {1} ? ahah 😀

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