Callouts in Graphics

Subject: Callouts in Graphics
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 10:26:30 -0800

Our documents are translated into multiple languages
and we are making a major change in going from FM+SGML
to XML.

One area that is highly affected is graphics. We are
being asked to include no text in any graphic, but
to include bubble numbers with lead arrows anywhere
we want to include text.

We then include a list to provide text for each callout.

The reason for this change is to provide for easy
translation without affecting the graphic itself. The
localizers only have to work with text, not with the
graphic itself, which can be expensive.

Has anyone else gone to this model?
How has it been received by your users?

Any problems that rose and needed to be resolved?

Obviously many graphics will have to be re-done,
but with the change to using XML, we will need to
provide different image formats anyway, so we will
have to touch all of our graphics regardless.


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