Re: Translation

Subject: Re: Translation
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2011 10:59:26 -0800

We don't need to, because the UI designers have already left room for
the localized menu, button, dialog and other text that is going to be
in the localized SW. Essentially, what we are doing in the docs is
the same thing that is done to localize the SW. The end result looks
the same as if we had done screen caps of the localized SW, except
that they only see the text that relates to the instruction that is
being delivered (we don't replace all the text we blank, just what is
needed for the figure; in some cases, the same graphic may be used in
multiple places with different text superimposed to make different

The user receives docs that are localized to match the SW they
receive. In markets where the user has a choice of which language SW
to install, the matching localized readme documentation and help are
installed with the SW.

Gene Kim-Eng

On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> How do you account for language expansion using this model? Do your
> varying locale users obtain an English copy of the application or a
> translated version, and what is their experience like when going from
> mock-ups to the actual application?
> On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 1:21 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
>> For screen caps we blank the text entirely,
>> and if necessary superimpose new text to replace what was on the
>> screen cap.  Added text is external references to XML that is
>> localized along with the rest of the document.
> --
> Bill Swallow
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