I’m a double-major in Computer Science and Applied Linguistics from the University of California.
Very simply (I want to keep it simple), “all-languages-to-all-languages” or what might be known as “perfect universal translation” remains a dream into the future. However, I’ve personally seen (over the last four decades of this evolving, working at Apple and Adobe…) that “this gets better.” There is an amazing complexity of in-browser translations available, language translation as server-side “buttons” (as we have our “globe icon” here) and so much more (DeepL, Google Translate, more…). “Making things correct in all languages for everyone” is something that is a long-term goal, and while we are on our way, there is far to go.
I’ve noted some goofy translations here, machine natural language translation is not perfect science.
Nobody should feel their specific question (about a particular instance of translation or multilingual text support…) is getting ignored, as many questions are good and deserve answers. Everybody should be aware of the “long chain” of what it takes to get you to read or see “something” (in a given context, maybe with a certain browser, manifested by a particular operating system, using a peculiarly-specific graphics/GPU environment, with the fonts which are loaded, with language preferences at many levels set in certain ways…) and so on and so forth, in a particular language. We humans speaking our languages and our advancing (tech, web, comm…) technology are indeed making progress. But we remain some distance from everything working everywhere for everyone, reliably.
Please, ask specific questions and quench your thirst to see things as you wish to see them. Yet, also know it is work for everybody to do so — a “tall reach,” yes, so we are working on it, and making progress. I’m encouraged by growth I’ve seen of OSM’s multilingual support, and while it remains with its difficulties that we humans are so multilingual, it does get incrementally better around here.
@adreamy, I know exactly what you mean!