Technical Translation


Why Successful Translation of Technical Texts Starts with a Technical Writer

The best way to ensure that your translated technical texts are effective is by starting with well-written documentation in your source language.  In this article, we are going to share common roadblocks that companies face when it comes to the translation of technical texts. Then we will talk about strategies that technical writers can use to get the best possible

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The Why and How of Technical Manual Translation

Why Technical Manual Translation Is So Important Technical manuals explain to the reader how to use a product or software program. Even a product as straightforward as a toaster is accompanied by a manual that explains how to use it and troubleshoot issues. In some cases (like a toaster), the reader is likely to skim the manual and then stash

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RFP Translation for Winning Proposals

In today’s global marketplace, your company can participate in competitive bidding processes worldwide. But when responding to a request for proposal (RFP) from a company in another country, you need to submit a compelling proposal that communicates clearly in their target language and avoids cultural pitfalls.  When responding to a request for proposal from a client who uses a different

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Industries That Need Professional Technical Translation Services

In this article, we will examine several industries that benefit from professional technical translation services, as well as the types of documents that technical translators often handle.


Your Guide to Creating a Glossary for Technical Translation

When growing your business involves entering new markets, how you manage terminology across multiple languages becomes critically important. Accurate and credible translations represent a competitive advantage in today’s market. This is especially so for technical translation.  What would happen if your translated material was inconsistent? How can you make sure your brand’s voice isn’t diluted or drowned out? How can

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File Types and Technical Document Translation

Technical document translation encompasses much more than Word documents, PDFs, and even InDesign files. For example, complex technical documentation requires specific software packages. Programs like Adobe FrameMaker and MadCap Flare allow companies to create and format large and sophisticated documents such as instruction manuals, help files, and learning user guides.  These programs offer special features that standard word processors do not, such

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Technical Translation: Best Practices for Usability

Every document or application has both a target audience and a purpose. Usability is how we measure whether the target reader can use the document for its intended purpose. Let’s take an example from everyday life. If you purchase an electric pressure cooker and you have never used one before, you will need to read the user manual. If the

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The Return on Investment of Technical Translation Services

When companies begin planning their expansion into new markets, they quickly realize that technical translation is vital to their success. Accurate translation—delivered on-time and on budget—can make or break an expansion. In other words, an investment in technical translation services is an investment in the company’s future growth. But all too often, translation and localization are wrongly perceived as a
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The High Cost of Inaccuracy in Translating Technical Texts

The High Cost of Inaccuracy in Translating Technical Texts (or What Can Go Wrong in Technical Translation) Inaccuracies when translating technical texts can lead directly to problems such as misuse of a device. But the initial error can also cause a domino effect that leads to a cascade of other problems, some of which may not be apparent right away.

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Why Technical Documentation Translation Services Still Rely On Human Translators

If you pay attention to news from the translation and localization world, you are undoubtedly aware that machine translation has become increasingly sophisticated in the past few years.  Using machine translation (MT) for technical documentation translation might sound appealing. After all, technical documentation translation services can be costly: documents are often long, they require specialized translators, and they may need

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