When
· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · November
· · · · 29 (1 entry)

AOCs and URIs · To ac­com­pa­ny the bar­be­cued chick­en at din­ner we had a bot­tle of hastily-purchased 2002 Côtes du Luberon rosé. Ini­tial­ly dis­ap­point­ing be­cause too cold, it be­came rather nice as the chill wore of­f. On the la­bel was a URI, not that com­mon in A.O.C. wines (yet), and a quick after-dinner vis­it to the Val Joa­nis web site was most re­ward­ing, check it out. It’s well-set-up, good-looking, works in more than one browser, and makes you want to vis­it the place; why do so many com­mer­cial sites fall short on these ob­vi­ous goal­s? Al­so it’s com­pre­hen­sive­ly bilingual—each page’s Union Jack glyph tak­ing you to the cor­re­spond­ing English page, very good. And an in­ter­est­ing piece of translation-ware; on the page la­beled (en Français) Le vi­g­no­ble and in English The es­tate (?), Un tra­vail de ti­tan est lancé... be­comes The Her­culean task of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion was be­gun... (bold­face theirs). A slop­py trans­la­tor would have made the task “titanic” but this feels way clos­er in spir­it; lan­guage is slip­pery, slip­pery, slip­pery.
 
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