Re: Translator-friendly help ?

Subject: Re: Translator-friendly help ?
From: "Tim Altom" <taltom -at- simplywritten -dot- com>
To: "REDACTION TECHNIQUE" <docs -at- infodesignnews -dot- com>, "TechDoc List" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 14:00:25 -0500

Sure. Render the document as strongly structured, to the point where you
know *in advance* where each page/topic break will be, and where the links
will go. Then you write in <fill in tool here>, get it translated, and only
then output to a help format. That way, you use the style tags as structural
aids, and the actual words don't matter, and neither does the help tool or
the help format.

Tim Altom
Simply Written, Inc.
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> Can anyone suggest a form of on-line help that fits the following criteria
> a) Can be translated by translators without specialist knowledge of
> on-line help
> b) Does not require complex re-building after translation
> c) Can be printed in book form, if the user wants to do this (I am
> thinking of giving up writing manuals)
> d) Which preferably works contextually, or which has other
> user-friendly features such as links from screen-grabs to take you
> to the information you need.

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