Not everything I claim to know/be true is basic (say, Horowitz/Hill or part's data sheet) or self-invented.
I am aware of the help on How to reference material written by others.

What is the politics (forbidden/deprecated/tolerated/recommended) where the reference material isn't in English?
There is a range from translation true to the best of one's capabilities to interpretation, in English for this site.
When presenting something as a (block-) quote, striving for the former seems prudent, and identifying originator and source natural.
I don't find it as clear where "just" trying to present an idea with a focus on understandability, but aware of one prominent inspiration.

Triggering this meta-question was a late addition triggered by a comment to my answer about an LED driver design, I felt it was off not to mention Eberhard Haug, slept over it, added hyperlink&co - and don't like it any better.
(The answer may be more useful now - rev. 2 was succinct.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Can you edit and expand your question, adding some background and context. I'm not sure which angle you're coming at this from or exactly what you're looking for. \$\endgroup\$
    – TonyM
    Dec 9, 2022 at 10:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ What difference does it make what language the material is written in? Can you give an example of how this might be relevant? \$\endgroup\$ Dec 9, 2022 at 11:42
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm confused by the question. Do you mean "What is the policy...?" \$\endgroup\$
    – JYelton
    Dec 13, 2022 at 21:40

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Whatever language the source material is in, it needs a reference in English. The reference for the source can be the same as the example


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