Re: Writing for Translation

Subject: Re: Writing for Translation
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "Nancy Allison" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 07:55:00 -0700

What it means is that whatever organization and layout options succeed and fail
with your English-reading users will probably have the same successes and
failures with your non-English readers. Run the different callout options you
described past English-reading users and see which they prefer, and the users of
your translated docs will most likely have the same preferences (Murphy's Law
will usually result in users preferring whatever option is the most
time-consuming and expensive for you to implement).

Gene Kim-Eng


----- Original Message -----
From: "Nancy Allison" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
> Interesting question. I had only translation costs in mind, not usability in
> the target language. I wasn't even aware of this distinction! Hmmm.
>
> What do you mean, "Usability doesn't change much with the language"?

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