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Re: [XBoard-devel] Any difference between engine and machine?

From: Byrial Jensen
Subject: Re: [XBoard-devel] Any difference between engine and machine?
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 16:51:36 +0100
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On 05-12-2011 01:22, Byrial Jensen wrote:

I have got a review of the Danish translation of Xboard to make sure of
its quality. There is one point in the review that I would like bring up
here. The reviewer asks if the terms "engine" and "machine" are used as
synonyms in the source, and if so suggests that I translate both words
with the same Danish term.

Is it true that "engine" and "machine are synonyms in Xboard?
If yes, I suppose it should be changed.
If no, would you please explain the difference to me?

Machine is used in these translation units:

Machine White / Machine Black / Two Machines (in Mode menu)
MachineWhite / MachineBlack / TwoMachines mode requires a chess engine
MachineWhite / MachineBlack / TwoMachines mode does not work with ICS mode
Illegal move "%s" from %s machine
Machine accepts your draw offer
Machine offers a draw
Machine Match

Oh, there is one more possible synonym to enigne and machine: Chess program which is used in these strings:

Starting chess program
Can't have a match with no chess programs
Illegal move "%s" (rejected by %s chess program)
Failed to start %s chess program %s on %s: %s\n
Illegal hint move "%s" from %s chess program
Waiting for first chess program
Waiting for second chess program
Starting %s chess program
Error writing to %s chess program
%s program exits in draw position (%s)
Error: %s chess program (%s) exited unexpectedly
Error reading from %s chess program (%s)
Error writing to chess program

So what is the difference between engine, machine and chess program? And if there is none, shouldn't the same word be used in all places?

Byrial Jensen, Danish translater

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