You're thinking too hard. ;) TM is managing the translated content,
you just need to manage the files. One directory for each language.

Product
   Version
      Language
         Deliverable
            However you want to break it down from there... FM
directories, graphics, whatever.

On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 8:34 PM, Alison Craig
<Alison.Craig at ultrasonix.com> wrote:
> I've just finished transferring my base MS Word user manual into FrameMaker9 
> (if it matters, I'm running on a PC with XP Pro and unstructured Frame).
>
> We translate into several languages and I thought I had my file structure all 
> worked out until I actually went to put together a package for our LSP to 
> prepare a Spanish (SP) quote. (This is my first time using FM, so I probably 
> made more than a few newbie mistakes setting up my directories.)
>
> My basic file structure looks like this (I'm also including German (DE)):
>
> - English Master..................................English Book Files
> ?- Graphics
> ? ?- Appendices
> ? ?- Chapters
> ? ? ?- 02........................................linked image files
> ? ? ? ?- Visio Originals (for PDFs)..............Visio files w/ EN text
> ? ? ? ?- Visio Originals (for PDFs) - DE.........Visio files w/ DE text
> ? ? ? ?- Visio Originals (for PDFs) - SP.........Visio files w/ SP text
> ? ?- Icons
> ?- IFU Tables - Master (Linked)
> ? ?- IFU Tables Linked) - SP-L...................will always need re-linked
> ? ?- IFU Tables Linked) - DE
> ?- Logos and Graphics (Non-Linked)...............no translation required
> ?- Text Inserts (Linked) ........................will always need re-linked
> ?- Track 3 Tables (Linked) ......................no translation required
> ?- Variable Documents (By Product-Language)......control doc#/title, etc
> ? ?- MDP
> ? ?- OP-SP
> ? ?- TCH
> ? ? ?- 1 TCH Variable Doc (Master)
> ? ? ?- DE TCH Variable Doc.......................some translation required
> ? ? ?- SP TCH Variable Doc
>
> I had planned to have language-dependant book file directories at the same 
> level as the "English Master" directory, but of course that means that many, 
> if not all, links would have to be redone. However, if I keep all languages 
> in the same directory as the English Master, this problem won't arise.
>
> In the short term, we will have 6 languages. But in the future we could have 
> more (we have older products translated into 17 languages) so this could make 
> a single directory a little harder to manage.
>
> At this point, the LSP is responsible for running the TM against new/edited 
> files, although I am evaluating Alchemy's Publisher as a means to rein in 
> translation costs.
>
> If anyone has experience that can help me decide on the final "flavour" for 
> my directory structure, I would appreciate it. Hopefully I haven't forgotten 
> any crucial information.
>
>
> FYI: I have a total of 10 Chapters and 7 Appendices. 9 Chapters and 3 
> Appendices have linked images/text inserts/tables.

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