RE: Doc-To-Help Help file - need to convert it to German..Help?!

Subject: RE: Doc-To-Help Help file - need to convert it to German..Help?!
From: "Jane Carnall" <jane -dot- carnall -at- digitalbridges -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 14:18:00 +0100

Aruna wrote:
>I have this 300 pages Help document created using Doc-To-Help, which
>uses good old Word as editor (save us all!). Anyway, I need to convert my
>topics to German. How do I do this? Is there a tool that can be used to
convert >languages? Pardon my ignorance and do spam my mailbox with answers!

There are two methods. (1) Convert your Doc-To-Help Word files into RTF, and
send the RTF files* off to a professional translator, specifying what you
want the translator to translate into German. (2) Use an automatic
translation tool - which you can find on the Web - to convert the good
English your Help is written in into lousy, cracked, uncontextual German.

Option one will make your Help file look good. Option two will make your
Help file look really, really bad. Option one requires a handsome inital
outlay (ask the translator for an estimate). Option two is initially cheap
but will run your company into more overhead costs than they can probably

If whoever has to pay for it doubts this, take a look back through the
archives of Techwr-l. The topic of automatic translation has come up two (or
three?) times in the past couple of years, and every time, the consensus
opinion is - pay a professional and get it done right.

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Digital Bridges, Scotland
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone.

*A good translator should be able to use Word files no problem. But there
are major advantages to transferring information for Help files in RTF
files: less likely to get garbled in transit and the added information
required for the Help file's search index is easily available and

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