Re: Crazy situation: Customer responsible for translation

Subject: Re: Crazy situation: Customer responsible for translation
From: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2006 14:24:50 -0400

A former employer (less than 200 employees) that had offices in Europe
(England and Norway) and Asia (Korea and China) allowed their vendors to
translate the documents. The vendors had a distinct interest in ensuring
accuracy, they all spoke English as a second language, and it gave the main
company control over the end product (although none of us in the U.S. could
read Korean, Chinese or Norwegian). Like Mike, we used college students
fluent in Korean and Chinese to review the translated material at a fraction
of the cost translation companies charged. I believe they still use the
same process today.
Mike Schmidt wrote:

One time, we needed our On-Line Manual translated into Spanish for a
Venezuelan company. We looked at translation companies and they were
outrageous. There were about 800 HTML pages. We wound up hiring two
people from a temp agency. One from Mexico and one from Peru. Both
Spanish but with considerable differences in dialect. They had technical
backgrounds and basically worked together and agreeing on acceptable


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