Writing for Translation

Subject: Writing for Translation
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 07:50:48 -0500 (CDT)

Two questions about writing for translation:

1. I once knew of a PDF prepared by, I dunno, a translation company maybe, that was all about how to write with translation in mind. It was book-length and was highly recommended (at an STC meeting, Boston chapter, a few years ago).ÂDoes anyone know of it, and, if so, can you send me a link to it, assuming it is still available?

2. Specific, immediate concern: Callouts in figures. My client still has callouts (in Framemaker text boxes, if it matters) in the figure itself. What is the preferred format of callouts for translation? Put only numbers and arrows in the figure, and then have the key separate, in the main body text? Or have the key in a separate text frame, but within the anchored frame (that would be for Framemaker)?

Thanks.

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