Technical writing newsletter 35: March 2010

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Decrease the cost of translation

A translation memory system is software that helps human translators. If text was translated, and if the same text appears again in a document, the software supplies the previous translation to the translator. The translator can use the translation or change the translation. Translation memory systems decrease the cost of translation by approximately 30% to approximately 80%.

Problems with plain English

Plain English helps to make text clear, but plain English has the following problems:

To learn why plain English is not always sufficient to make text clear, see 'Problems with plain English'.

Trademarks in technical documentation

Recently, CIDM published the results of a survey about trademarks in technical documentation (www.infomanagementcenter.com/publications/e-newsletter/march-2010/trademark-practices-in-technical-information/). CIDM recommends that trademark information is in the front matter of both printed documentation and online documentation. Do not include trademark symbols in the primary text.

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