unclear word order
- Semantically it says now clearly: Only curators and persons, which created them (=the curators), are allowed to edit fields.
No. It say so syntactically. But since that reading was semantically wrong, it is a valid German sentence.
I do not understand that either - I likely only wrote my own translation down. Interesting.
Your translation is a typical non-native try having several flaws.
- Initial article not used but others - no, no. :-)
- Word order complicated, unnecessarily clumsy and not aiding understanding.
- People around me reread the sentence up to four times.
- People whom I read the sentence took considerable time until their faces signaled understanding
- some shook their heads: That can be said more easily.
- ", und" with an ongoing or recurring semantic thread is bad German.
- something "ist nur den Personen erlaubt, die" is a bureaucratic kind of wording - not commonly liked.
Personen dürfen Felder bearbeiten, die sie selbst erstellt haben, Kuratoren haben Zugriff auf alle Felder.
Good mentions, thank you. In most parts i agree. Especially:
* Initial article not used but others - no, no. :-) * something "ist nur den Personen erlaubt, die" is a bureaucratic kind of wording - not commonly liked.
Still, talking about "good german" it is mostly recommended to move the predicate ("dürfen", "erlauben") to the first possible part of a sentence. Having it at the very end makes understanding harder (except the sentence is very short). And still, a sentence with matching syntax and semantics might be better. Your translation sounds more common but is not precise. In a love letter it should sound nicer but an user interface should be more precise, shouldn't it?
According to that and your mentions i would conclude:
Das Bearbeiten von Feldern ist denjenigen erlaubt, die sie erstellt haben, sowie Kuratoren.
I agree either:
* ", und" with an ongoing or recurring semantic thread is bad German.
But i don't agree the enumaration as a recurring semantic thread has a higher importance here, than making clear which is the reference of the relative clause. Maybe "sowie" makes it somewhat smoother even if it doesn't change the construction as such.
Finally, though i think the sentence should be changed i won't touch this controversial item. I learned a lot on that example, your ideas and the discussions. Thank you!
- Das Bearbeiten von Feldern ist denjenigen erlaubt, die sie erstellt haben, sowie Kuratoren.
sounds good to me.
"Sowie" is smoother here indeed. This is, because it more likely implies a little Pause before it, than "und".
Whether or not a formulation with "dürfen" or "erlauben" is preferable, depends on style, and what other related messages use (which I do not know).
Thanks. Also I am happily learning from these discussions. :-)
Yes, your suggestion of "dürfen" spares a partizip and a nominalisation :-)
Felder bearbeiten dürfen nur diejenigen, die sie erstellt haben, sowie Kuratoren.
And so shoooooort ! I added a the translation of "only". As far as i understood we found a good solution. So i make the change. Feel free to change if i am not right.