Translation: simplified English or controlled language tools such as MAXit

Subject: Translation: simplified English or controlled language tools such as MAXit
From: "Salan Sinclair" <ssinclair -at- wencomine -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 15:02:23 -0700

Does anyone have experience using simplified English or controlled language
tools, such as MAXit from SMART, ASSET, or others?

In theory, these tools improve readability (especially by ESL readers),
reduce translation costs, and improve consistency.

My company is preparing for translation into two or more languages. I
believe I can reduce translation costs by using these tools and heavily
editing the English text before the translation project starts. But I'm not
sure if this is the best use of limited resources. Will I really see a
return on the time and money spent?

The aerospace industry, Nortel, and Caterpillar use controlled language
tools. But I can't find much information about using these tools in smaller

Salan Sinclair
mailto:ssinclair -at- wencomine -dot- com
Senior Technical Writer
Wenco International Mining Systems


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