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  Saturday, September 21, 2002

Who doesn't write for translation?

Some technical writers resist the notion that they write for translation. The idea of being trained to write technically accurate instructions that translate readily into other languages is outside their ken. That's a mistake.

You don't have to be involved in the translation--or localization--process to be writing for translation. You may be writing for a company that outsources translation, or one that translates in-house. Even if your work isn't translated as part of your company's production and delivery process, your customers may be struggling to translate it for their use. Don't you want your brilliant prose to say the same thing in the target language? Or do you want it to read like the hilarious mistranslations we see so often in the U.S.?

Even if you write for the Web, is your work so insignificant that no one would ever translate it?

The dinner meeting presentation at STC Silicon Valley's monthly meeting--Thursday night, September 26, 2002, in Sunnvale--is "Better English for Better Translation." If you're in the vicinity, come on by and learn something useful.

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QOTD: two thoughts on being on time

"The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it." Franklin P. Jones.

"I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them." E. V. Lucas.                            [Quotes of the Day]

I, of course, am habitually early. The thought of being late stresses me, so I always allow extra time: time for traffic, time for getting lost, time for preparation, time for rest, time to gather thoughts. To me, being late shows disrespect for others--which is easy for comfortably self-centered, inconsiderate sociopaths.

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