RE: Multilingualism and Technical Writers

Subject: RE: Multilingualism and Technical Writers
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 12:13:10 -0700

I am interviewing candidates *right now* for a TW position here;
we require, besides exp. w/ Frame, Robo, etc., the ability to proofread in
French, German or Spanish, because we do our own final & prepress prep of
materials we get translated by a vendor.
Bilingualism is not essential, just "literacy" in a 2nd language; if a
candidate is bilingual, so much the better.
We four TWs now have, between us, enough 2nd language facility to review &
manipulate the text.
Believe it, we still find errors we need to fix, or have the trans. vendor
fix, in the materials we've had translated -- anomalies that were not well
understood by the in-country trans. teams used by the vendor, & so on.
Some localization mgrs shop out 100% of their V&V or QA checking, but we've
relied on our in-house 2nd [or 3rd] pass to catch the last bits. We also
have our European partners do a review, which sometimes helps.

Al Rubottom /\
Manager, Technical Publications
Sensormatic VSD, San Diego

> -----Original Message-----
> Subject: Multilingualism and Technical Writers
> Is there a significant demand for technical writers who can write manuals
> in
> more than one language?

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