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Subject:Re: Callouts on Artwork - Best Method Please? From:Bill Burns <BillDB -at- ILE -dot- COM> Date:Mon, 2 Nov 1998 09:23:49 -0700
Once again, I'll chime in with the internationalization/localization
If you're producing documents that will or may eventually be localized, and
if the callouts are textual, it's better to add callouts using the features
of the DTP application. If the localization company strips or converts the
text, the callouts stay with the rest of the content. Otherwise, you'll need
to modify and maintain every graphic for each target language, and that can
be a huge time and resource drain. If the text is in the graphic, the
translated text will likely have to be cut and pasted into the graphic file
(since the translators usually do not work in the native graphic production
application), then exported again--for each language.
If you're using a word processor that has limited capacity for layering
callout text on a graphic, then you might use numbered callouts with a
legend. This is a less-than-optimal solution, but it's favored over
recreating and maintaining multiple versions of the same image.
Senior Technical Writer/Technology Consultant
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