Re: Arabic text in multilingual manual

Subject: Re: Arabic text in multilingual manual
From: voxwoman <voxwoman -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Mike Sawyer <mike -at- sawyerhome -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 07:43:49 -0400

If you actually have Acrobat Pro 9 or greater, the PDF Portfolio IS ONE
FILE. However, when you open the portfolio, you are presented with a front
navigation page that displays all the parts of the portfolio that behave as
if they are separate files. It's just a different way of combining a group
of PDF files into one PDF. The only added "complexity" is in choosing which
of the standard layouts/designs offered in Acrobat. The behavior of the
software is as if it's separate PDF files, but to the file system, it's
still all one file.

-Wendy



On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 3:04 AM, Mike Sawyer <mike -at- sawyerhome -dot- net> wrote:

> Thank you all for your thoughts on Arabic text in manuals. To answer some
> of
> the additional questions/topics that came up:
>
> . Why not print as separate books and bundle together? Expense. Anything
> that costs extra has to be clearly justified, hence the one book approach.
> So any idea of separating the printed pieces can't be pursued. Also:
> Complexity. Each separate piece in the box must have a unique part number
> and must be handled on the manufacturing floor as an item to be
> inventoried,
> tallied, packed, checked off. A larger number of pieces in the box also
> detracts from the usability of the OOBE.
> . Why not create separate PDFs of the manual by language? Complexity. Now,
> I
> DO generate the PDFs separately, then "manually" combine the PDFs into a
> single PDF using bookmarks to mark the language sections, so I could more
> easily keep them separate, yes. But on the part number and CD burning
> system
> (used by engineers and project managers), multiple files = multiple part
> numbers, which is a headache for creation, maintenance/updating, and the
> file lists they maintain for what goes on the CD. We provided separate PDFs
> for the CD once. Once.
> . Why not ask Arab experts? I posted this same question on another forum
> that deals with Arabic phrasing, hoping that native Arabic speakers would
> chime in, but I'm waiting on their response. If anyone knows of additional
> resources I could pursue, I'd love to hear about them!
>
> Thanks again for your ideas. Not trying to make any one language out as the
> "bad guy," but it's frustrating that between formatting, font problems, and
> layout, one language takes so much more time than all the others. BTW, I'm
> a
> one-man shop, so my tendency is to keep things as simple as possible, while
> still maintaining usability.
>
>
>
>
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