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As many of the others have responded - be very careful with machine
Even for Caterpillar, who has always been on the forefront of
translation & documentation technologies and invested $$$$ in developing
a controlled source language and embarked on various research projects
with Carnegie Mellon University, post-editing is necessary.
Technical Documentation Manager
Bryan Johnson wrote:
> I'm hoping someone out there can help me...
> My current employer has a need to translate some of our
> documents (FM) to Spanish (LA) and French (Canada). Many of
> our customers are asking/demanding our manuals be translated.
> I have investigated various translation services etc. and
> have together with our VP of International sales, proposed a
> plan to recoup our translation costs. Everything looks good...
> We presented our plan to our CEO who promptly shot it down
> saying he wouldn't approve the plan but would approve
> "software" to do the translations...
> Okay, aside from all of the obvious problems with this
> scenario, how can I go about educating him on the short
> comings of machine translation? Has anyone been down this road before?
> Even if there was a "magic" box that could produce accurate
> translations at the touch of a button, we would still need to
> perform the desktop publishing. We are a small (2 writers)
> mono-lingual group. We currently don't even have the
> resources to produce our documentation in English! Let alone
> perform translation services!
> Sorry, trying hard not to vent!
> Anyway, I was hoping there might be white papers, reports,
> speeches... anything that I can produce from an authority,
> that will back up my contention that this is a really, really
> bad idea.
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