All this code translation is not unproblematic. There is a kind of cultural colonization that occurs when the scripting/coding language is based on English. Non-English speakers & programmers are limited in their understanding of the programming logic and the language play of code poetry. I can imagine a purer kind of translation, in which the work is ported to a (currently nonexistent) Spanish JavaScript and HTML code and every variable and function is translated to create a completely standalone Spanish language version of the work, one that would not necessitate a conversation with the original work and source code. But I suspect such ideal translations only exist in a Library imagined by Borges.


February 28, 2015