RE: Colons and translation?

Subject: RE: Colons and translation?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Pro TechWriter" <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Geoff Hart" <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 08:04:36 -0600

Pro TechWriter wrote:

> Geoff, what a great explanation. I see an article here for someone,
> the STC journal. Thanks for writing this. You answered a bunch of my
> questions as well, because our standards don't allow parentheses or
> because of "translation issues." <snip>

Yes, thanks, Geoff -- that was excellent.

PT, are you _serious_ -- no parentheses?? Jeez, I chafe under the
silliness of no gerunds in headings. I'd be in open revolt against a no
parentheses rule (I'm rather fond of parenthetical remarks, you know).

Regarding the "gerunds are hard to translate" nonsense, I think I'll
quote some Geoff Hart at them:

<snip> any translator who claims to have difficulty with standard
> > English punctuation or grammar should be fired immediately and with
> > sympathy. </snip>

<snip> The fact that a given structure does not exist in a second
> > language is irrelevant: either the translator understands the source
> > language, with all its quirks, well enough to translate it, or they
> > don't. Some natural structures of a language can make the task more
> > difficult for speakers of another language, but that difficulty is
> > inherent to the job of translation, and those structures should only
> > be avoided in speech or untranslated text (where they can cause
> > problems for non-translators), not in text that will be translated.

Hear, hear!


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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