Why Translation May Seem So Expensive
In our previous article we talked about necessary steps to produce a translation for a legal document. Now let's expand and talk about the steps of production that goes into translating a technical manual or a handbook.
Technical documentation differs from any other materials in its terminology, format and layout. Technical documentation contains graphs, images and pictures and thus it's usually completed in professional layout programs such as InDesign, Quark, Freehand, etc.
Once we receive such a file, a PDF is created and that is the first step in a translation project. After a project manager analyzes the text, he assigns it to a team of translators consisting of a translator, proofreader, a DTPs (desktop publishing) specialist and a QAT (quality assurance team).
One of the most difficult parts of translating a technical document is terminology. It usually is very complicated and has to be translated precisely and consistently in order not to confuse the reader.
The second most difficult part is measurement conversion. Measurement conversions must be converted from the Empirical system to Metric. Once again, the conversions must be checked and rechecked because precision in technical documentation can really deviate one's efforts of following the instructions.
Once translation moves to proofreading, the proofreader has to ensure that terminology is correct and fits the content of the text. In many cases a phrase or a term can have various translations. In this case, we have to work closely with the client to ensure that our terminology translation fits the client's expectations.
Once the text is translated and proofread, it has to be put back into its original form with all the necessary images and graphs. This job is very tedious and requires great attention to details since it involves a lot of copying and pasting. Once the translation is put back into its original form, it's proofread again to make sure that nothing has been missed and then the QAT ensures that the document is publish-ready.
As you can see, translation is a multistage process that involves a number of specialists and quite a few hours to complete.
Next time we'll talk about the importance of consistency in translation.
Do stay tuned!
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