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>> I am interested in how
>>you communicate translators when you have to make translation version
>>before you finish the English version. (Translalators have to start their
>>job with incomplete English draft, don't they?)
>>If you have your own way or idea, please let me know. Thank you.
>One commonly used procedure in the translation process is to provide a beta
>version of the document to the translater, so that translation can start.
>When the document has gone through final review and edit, the final version
>is also sent to the translater. Assuming the document was prepared in an
>application such as FrameMaker (or one of its competitors), it is then a
>fairly simple process to make a document comparison between the beta and
>final versions. The translater can then see the differences side by side and
>in a summary report. This procedure enables a fast start on the translation
>before the final document is ready, and provides the translater with a
>comprehensive report of any document changes. Overall, this takes more
>translation effort than if only the final document version were used, but it
>can result in substantial time saving.
>Kazumi mentioned starting translation from an "incomplete English draft".
>This description sounds like the start of another horror story of spending
>considerable time on the translation of something that bears little
>resemblance to the final version. Perhaps the translation was started too
>early in the development cycle, and then was not given enough time to
>complete after all the changes or new information became available. Others
>may have had similar experiences?