Re: Arabic text in multilingual manual

Subject: Re: Arabic text in multilingual manual
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: "Margaret Cekis" <margaret -dot- cekis -at- comcast -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:03:03 -0400

Once again, the tech writers get into the design game long after the final decision was made. But I really would prefer, either as a user or as the clown in the order-fulfillment department, to deal with two manuals shrink-wrapped together--the whole thing going into all shipments, one in Arabic and the other in all the other languages.

I'm deliberately overlooking the next question, which is what to do with Farsi, Aramaic, Urdu, Syriac and (yes) Hebrew.

On Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:17:00 -0400, Margaret Cekis <margaret -dot- cekis -at- comcast -dot- net> wrote:

Peter Neilson asked, "To whose benefit is it, to have all the languages sqwooshed in together?"
Probably the manufacturer benefits becaues the overhead for stocking and shipping only one item (that multiple-language monstrosity) is at least nominally less than stocking, selecting, and shipping separate language manuals for different country destinations. Such differentiation would probably also require multiple bills of materials and differentiation of the outer packaging to indicate the country/language a specific unit was destined for. So they go the cheapest all-in-one route, regardless of whether it matters to the buyers and users or not.
Margaret Cekis, Johns Creek GA

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