Hi Fred,

You need to hire an LSP (localization service provider - AKA translation
vendor) to do the work for you.  You will likely hear from a number of
people on the list telling you to use the translation vendor they use
because the vendor worked ok for them.  While there is nothing wrong with
checking out the recommended vendors, your best chance of success is to use
the same criteria to hire a translation vendor as you would use to hire a
technical writer.  Do they have technical knowledge and experience in your
industry?  Do they have experience translating documents similar to yours
from English to Russian?  And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  I'll send
you detailed information offline.

Diane Gaskill
Hitachi Data Systems

-----Original Message-----
From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com
[mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com]On Behalf Of Fred Staal
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 4:40 PM
To: framers at lists.frameusers.com
Subject: Translations or Localisation of Framemaker content


Hi Framers,

We have two rather large technical manuals (300+ pages each with text and
illustrations) that will need to be translated into Russian (90-95% of the
material is common to both manuals). The content involves low to mid-level
information on mechanical, hydraulic, high-power, low-power, fiber-optic,
and telemetry systems (and a kitchen sink). We have not had to do any
translations prior to this, so it is unknown territory. I'd appreciate any
comments about how the process works, how to make it successful, and what
pitfalls to avoid. You can contact me off-list if you prefer or if you have
specific recommendations.

Thanks,
Fred

Fred Staal
Supervisor, Technical Publications
Schilling Robotics, LLC

Tel:  +1-530-747-2850
Fax: +1-530-753-8092
fred.staal at schilling.com<mailto:fred.staal at schilling.com>
www.schilling.com<http://www.schilling.com>

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