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Old November 10 2012, 02:18 PM   #5
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Re: So how does Starfleet manage to read alien text?

I assumed that on DS9, first thing they did was install a translation program that automatically translates texts to the user's own language. Meaning, when you log in to a certain console, it autimatically brings up all texts in the language specified by the user, either Federation standard or their own language.

As for alien consoles on derelict ships and such.... no idea. Sometimes the writers are smart enough to have the crew looking at tricorders interfacing with alien consoles, with the tricorders translating the text.
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