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Avoiding Acronyms and Abbreviations when Writing Content for a Global Audience

[fa icon="calendar'] September 11, 2017 / by Margarita Núñez posted in Documentation Translation

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When you have been in your specific industry for any amount of time, acronyms and abbreviations begin to creep up in your everyday speech. This is because you know  what they are meant to represent in your industry and in your own organization, and that your colleagues will understand what you say. Acronyms and abbreviations exist in all areas of life from Medicine to Religion.

But why do we tend to use acronyms and abbreviations so often?

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Save Time & Money by Avoiding Idioms & Slang

[fa icon="calendar'] August 29, 2017 / by Margarita Núñez posted in Documentation Translation

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One of the greatest challenges for technical writers is avoiding idioms and slang that you are accustomed to using on a regular basis. When writing content for translation into other languages, those common phrases and sayings end up making a unique challenge for translators, taking longer to research and translate and costing you more.

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Tenets for Writing Great Content for Translation

[fa icon="calendar'] August 17, 2017 / by Margarita Núñez posted in Documentation Translation

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As a technical writer, you probably have extensive knowledge of your product specs and design details, but you probably also know that that knowledge is worthless if you can’t communicate it properly.

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The Role of Humor in Writing for a Global Audience

[fa icon="calendar'] August 8, 2017 / by Vinodh Nedyavila posted in Documentation Translation

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“From there to here and here to there, funny things are everywhere” – Dr. Seuss (an American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, publisher, and artist, best known for his children’s books).

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Neologisms vs. English words in Translation

[fa icon="calendar'] July 31, 2017 / by Alexandre Rallo posted in Documentation Translation, Localization Management

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Tips for Reducing Translation Costs

[fa icon="calendar'] July 21, 2017 / by Adam Jones posted in Documentation Translation

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Translation costs can be reduced by planning ahead early in the writing process and by keeping translation in mind during authoring and editing phases.

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Writing for a Global Audience

[fa icon="calendar'] July 14, 2017 / by Margarita Núñez posted in Documentation Translation

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Writing for a global audience is a distinct challenge that can vex even the best in the field. Doing it successfully requires different skills than normal writing. Seemingly innocuous sentences can pose major challenges for international readers, so if a writer needs to make sure that their words can be understood by many diverse groups of people, he or she cannot simply write as they normally would.

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4 Pitfalls to Avoid when Translating into French

[fa icon="calendar'] June 19, 2017 / by Laura Vuillemin posted in Documentation Translation

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Translating is a job in itself. While some people may be able to more or less render a source text into their mother tongue, someone who is not a professional translator will likely produce something that is not necessarily fluent, or which is too literal. They may also not take the audience, the end user of that product or service for which the translation is intended into account, leading to sentences that won’t fit and won't be understood culturally speaking. This applies to any language and of course to French.

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Tips for High-Quality Machine Translation Output

[fa icon="calendar'] October 28, 2016 / by Greg Hellmann posted in Documentation Translation, Localization Management

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When it comes to authoring English source documentation (manuals, instructions, FAQs, etc.) and the need for such content to work well in a Machine Translation context, there is one 'Golden Rule' you've probably heard about:

Keep your sentences SHORT and use ONLY ONE thought per sentence!

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Show me the Source! Save Time and Money by sending Source Files

[fa icon="calendar'] October 14, 2016 / by Humberto Farrera-Athié posted in Documentation Translation

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PDFs are one of the most popular and convenient ways to disseminate information in the increasingly digital world. They can be opened in practically any desktop or mobile environment, and support almost all modern languages.

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