Three indispensable tips for technical translations
1. Work with a translation platform that knows your industry
The obvious place to start is finding the right translator for the job. Technical translators will have their specialities and chosen fields of expertise, so there’s never a ‘one size fits all’ solution. But how do you best find a technical translator for your translation needs?
For precise, reliable translations, choose a translation platform that already works with companies whose content requires highly accurate technical translation.
A good solution should have:
2. Take care over the source material
One of the most commonly overlooked ways of improving the accuracy of any translation is the work you can do before the content reaches your translators. It’s important to note that your source material affects the quality of the translation.
If a word-perfect translation is the aim of the game, you will improve accuracy and consistency by carefully preparing the source content and, where appropriate, by writing translation-friendly content in the first place.
3. Get a PIM system
Product Information Management (PIM) systems allow you to have complete control over all the content that is destined for manuals, product directories, packaging and website.
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PIM systems have ended the days of copying and pasting the same information across multiple products in vast, unruly spreadsheets. PIM systems ensure all product information is pulled from a central source so that data is always consistent across all platforms.
Some language platforms offer integration solutions for PIM systems, so what goes directly into your PIM gets automatically translated and returns to you in the same format in as many languages as you need. Such integrations automate previously manual tasks, improving quality and speeding up time to market.