RE: writing for translation

Subject: RE: writing for translation
From: "Steve Hudson" <sh1448291904 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "'Kari Gulbrandsen'" <kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 09:26:27 +1100

If a target language is Asian, I would avoid the "not" versions of words.
That is:

- a is unable to do b * > * a is not able to do b
- x is unsuccessful * > * x is not successful

Rationale:

Many machine translations have difficulty associating the 'not' with the
correct word, and often end up missing the not altogether, which is very
dangerous.

There are also a bunch of other tips, such as being very rigid with the
order of time, place and so on, and keeping phrases punctuated and simple.

I noticed many of the replies were actually answering "Best way to write
this" and missed the "for translation"...

Steve Hudson
Word Heretic

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