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BSA® Language Best Practices - Review of English & Spanish Tools

BSA® Language Standards

The Language of Scouting always takes precedence. Note: If an entry is capitalized, it should be capitalized whenever it is used.

per the Language of Scouting. (See extract below.)

English and Spanish best practices

The following is an attempt to map the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) English standards and best practices to the equivalent Spanish ones and to add standards and best practices for social media.

Language Identification in the United States of America

What English Spanish
Conversational "American English" Spanish languages in the United States of America
Cite Value "English (US)" ?
Language Tag "en-US" "es, es-CU, es-PR, es-MX, es-419, es-US-spanglis" ?
Broadcast and Social Media ? "Broadcast Spanish (US)"

Terms, Words and Abbreviations

What English Spanish
Abbreviations Language of Scouting - Abbreviations and Acronyms ?
Dictionary    
-- Dictionary 1 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary Diccionario de la lengua española (an all Spanish dictionary - en español) - MY RECOMMENDATION
-- Dictionary 2   (an English to Spanish dictionary is needed)
Glossary Language of Scouting BSA Spanish Glossary (bi-lingual)
what ? ?

Acronyms of Scouting

What English Spanish
Acronyms Language of Scouting - Abbreviations and Acronyms ?

Language Style of the Boy Scouts of America

Including style and the “tone and voice” of communicating.

What English Spanish
Write:    
-- Style 1 Language of Scouting Language of Scouting, BSA Spanish Glossary
-- Style 2 Associated Press Stylebook El Manual de Estilo Online de la AP
-- Style 3 The Chicago Manual of Style Manual de estilo Chicago-Deusto

AP Stylebook, Merriam Webster’s dictionaries and Chicago Manual of Style confusion?

The online AP Stylebook, © 2021 Associated Press, states:

For spelling, style and usage questions not covered in this stylebook, consult Webster’sy New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston and New York, 2016.

MY OPINION: There may be a some conflict between the dictionary and the Chicago manual that may lead to confusion as to which style to use. At this point, your guess is a good as mine. It may come down to what is the easier for most of the target audience to understand clearly.

“Broadcast Spanish”

“el idioma de las emisiones en español” (the language of broadcasting in Spanish)

In the announcement of the Spanish version of Boy Scout Handbook

the term “Broadcast Spanish” was defined by Mayte Millares, a member of the BSA national Hispanic Initiatives committee as:

…“Broadcast Spanish,” … a region-neutral version of the language that generally avoids words that could be misinterpreted in different parts of the world.

Forms of Address

MY OPINION:

Forms of address include how others are greeted, formally introduced, addressed in social media messages, and written letters. Being courteous, that is being polite and having good manners, is part of the BSA Scout Law.

How people are addressed is different in English and Spanish, and in different groups in Scouting and society.

BSA® Language Tools

Language of Scouting

This reference is the Boy Scouts of America’s definitive resource on terms and style specific to Scouting and this organization. The Language of Scouting encompasses style, usage, grammar, and spelling norms observed by the Boy Scouts of America and used by the Marketing Group and Communication Services Department and its approved editorial and publishing partners. These standards have been developed so that the BSA can disseminate resources and other information in the most professional, consistent, coherent, and uniform manner for all forms of communication—print, digital, multimedia, etc.

Scouting terms are based in part on the Charter and Bylaws and Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America (available here). Grammar, spelling, style, and usage decisions are based on the latest editions of the following references, in order of preference: Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, The Associated Press Stylebook, and The Chicago Manual of Style . Turn to these resources (in the given order) for further reference. The Language of Scouting always takes precedence. Note: If an entry is capitalized, it should be capitalized whenever it is used.

The above quote is from:

Spanish Glossary (Glosario en inglés y en español)

This glossary is an alphabetical listing of Scouting-specific terms and their corresponding Spanish translations and/or usage guidelines. It is the standard Spanish-language BSA reference for the national office’s freelance Spanish translators, editors, and proofreaders, as well as for BSA professionals … While the glossary contains some of the same entries as The Language of Scouting, it differs from that resource in that it does not define terms, and it is not yet as extensive. It is a working glossary and, like The Language of Scouting, will be updated periodically.

“Este glosario es una lista alfabética de términos específicos de Scouting y su traducción correspondiente al español o lineamientos de uso. Es la referencia estándar de BSA del idioma castellano para los traductores , editores y correctores independientes en español de la oficina nacional, así como para los profesionales de BSA … Mientras que el glosario contiene algunas de las mismas entradas que The Language of Scouting, difiere de aquél recurso en que éste no contiene definiciones, y no es por el momento tan extenso. Es un glosario en desarrollo y, como The Language of Scouting, será actualizado periódicamente.”

Above quote is from the:

Non-BSA: Language Tools

BSA uses non-BSA tools. For more details about non-BSA tools see “Non-BSA Tools and References”, post 3 in this dissussion topic.

Language related Scouting forums discussion

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Accessibility and Usability

Boy Scouts of America - Accessibility

Information for working with Scouts with special needs and disabilities and guides to disabilities awareness:

U. S. Government - Accessibility

U. S. Government - Sign Language

World Wide Web Consortium - Accessibility

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Non-BSA Tools and References

Contents:

  • Language Tools (non-BSA
    • Dictionary
    • Style
    • Translators
    • More non-technical information
  • Technical Information (non-BSA)
    • Language Characters
    • Fonts
    • Language Tags and Codes
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Language Tools (non-BSA)

Dictionary

Style

Translators

MY OPINION: Online translators generate different translations and vary in output quality. A human translator is needed to correct errors.

Scouting forums translator interface

Discourse Translator

Found by @Stephen_Hornak

  • Discourse Translator - Discourse forums software plug-in to “Integrate with Google Translate or Microsoft Translator and give your users the ability to translate a post in Discourse automatically with the click of a button.”
    • MY OPINION: May be additional cost for BSA. Appears to require API and additional storage. Further research required.

Google Translate - user tool

Microsoft Translator

More non-technical information

Technical Information (non-BSA)

Language Characters

HTML character entries for Scouting forums posts

Fonts

  • For BSA font standards see BSA style guides.
    • “Printed Material: Times New Roman/Bold/Italic
      Online Messages: Arial/Bold/Italic” per 2012 Brand Identity Guide. There is a later expanded list.
  • MY COMMENT: There are recommended fonts and spacing for improving access by visually impaired individuals. See the “World Wide Web Consortium - Accessibility” for more information.

Language Tags and Codes

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