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Subject:Re: MS Word Tool and Management SIG From:Tom Moye <tommoye -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Fri, 12 Oct 2001 12:08:34 -0400
On Thu, 11 Oct 2001 13:53:50 EDT
Jivah -at- aol -dot- com wrote:
> 1. Does anyone know of a tool that will generate a list of all the words that
> appear in an MS Word document? I know MS Word provides a count of the
> words, but how do you see what those words are? I am wanting to use
> this list to ensure that none of the words in the document will
> create problems for translation?
An interesting concept, but as a translator (Japanese --> English), I
can assure you that individual words rarely cause a problem.
The problems are terminology (sometimes terms are single words but more
often they are multiple-word phrases), convoluted writing style, lack of
subject matter and even language expertise on the part of the translator, and
source document conventions (e.g. Japanese patent legalese is almost a
language unto itself)
For example, the individual words in the term General Protection Fault
would present no problems to any translator, however, the term might be
a problem for a translator if she or he were not familiar with
(deprecated) MS terminology. Or imagine the individual words in a
contract., (party of the first part comes to mind).
Your best bet is to hire a well-qualified translator, possibly through
an agency that provides oversight and quality controls.
Contact me off-list for particulars if you want,
Tom Moye <tommoye -at- yahoo -dot- com>
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