RE: Translations Costs with Online Help

Subject: RE: Translations Costs with Online Help
From: "Victoria Wroblewski" <victoria -dot- wroblewski -at- eagletest -dot- com>
To: "Norman, Mary" <Mary -dot- Norman -at- xerox -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2008 09:48:29 -0500

-----Original Message-----
From: Norman, Mary
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 2:30 PM
Subject: Translations Costs with Online Help

> Does anyone have some good suggestions and/or best practices
>for using existing tools like RoboHelp to keep the translations costs
>down to a minimum?

Can you move your projects to HTML based help? Then you could use some
rather simple Java scripting (ala to
create variables for things product names, model numbers, etc., and use
the same base translated text for projects that fall under the same
"family" of products. Also, with topics broken down in to individual
HTML files, you can get away with sending just the files with changes to
translation, so even if you have to pay for matches in with your
translation memory, you have less to deal with.

I worked on a family of products where we basically had a high end
version, a middle of the road version and a "budget" version, and we
only had the pain of translating the bulk of the files once, and then
just swapped out pictures, changed the variables and just removed some
pages as we went from doing the docs for the high end products to the
budget versions. While we did have to go back and do some editing on
other languages for each product, there was also the benefit of the time
we weren't just sitting around, waiting for translations to come back.

- V

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