Re: translations

Subject: Re: translations
From: Mark Homnack <MarkH -at- SIMULTRANS -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 16:54:42 -0800

SimulTrans can provide translation services into Japanese (and all other languages) as well as multilingual publishing services in FrameMaker and HTML.
Note that U.S. English publishing templates must usually be adapted to support other languages; for example, for many years, the Japanese version of FrameMaker has notoriously failed to support many features found in the U.S. version; most of these weaknesses have been improved through recent 5.5x updates to FrameMaker.
And then there are challenges relating to compiling indices, printing documents, producing online help (for example, saving RTF files is still a problem with the most recent version 5.5.6), capturing screens, etc. Naturally, you will need a Japanese version of everything to surmount these challenges (e.g., FrameMaker, operating system, fonts, printers, staff).
SimulTrans is Silicon Valley's largest localization company and can be reached via (website), info -at- simultrans -dot- com (email), or 650-526-4600 (telephone). An engineering and publishing expert who can help you with the issues referred to above is AddisonP -at- simultrans -dot- com -dot-

Mark Homnack
650-526-4610 (telephone)

-----Original Message-----
From: Technical Writers List; for all Technical Communication issues [mailto:TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU] On Behalf Of Judith Eisenberg
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 1998 9:30 AM
Subject: translations

I have been asked to have some of our department's documentation translated
from English to Japanese. One document is a FrameMaker 5.5 document that's
about 300 pages. The other is a series of HTML documents.

Can anyone recommend a translation service that can handle FrameMaker and

Does anyone know how much translation services usually cost?

Thanks in advance for any advice you offer.
Judith Eisenberg, Technical Publications Manager
judith -at- corp -dot- auspex -dot- com
Phone: 408/566-2242
Fax: 408/566-2364

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