German Document Translation
German document translation refers to the translation of printed materials such as user guides, medical inserts, financial information, and more. This process may include German desktop publishing, which involves maintaining the formatting specifications of the source documents.
The first step in German document translation is to review the source documentation for the number of words, subject matter and formatting requirements. The source document should then be imported into a translation memory tool such as Trados, which the human translation team will use in order to manage terminology, facilitate consistent translation across all documents, and leverage cost savings by utilizing the translation memory on 100% matches and repeat text. After translation, if formatting is required, the German text is imported into a desktop publishing application in order to be formatted to match the original source document.
The translation company you choose for German document translation will require various files and information before proceeding with your project. You should provide all source desktop publishing files (for example, .qxd, .tif, .doc, and .fm), fonts, and graphics used in the documentation. You should also indicate any graphics or text which are not to be translated (for example, logos).
Whether your project is simple (such as a short, single-language fact sheet) or complex (such as a frequently-updated, multilingual user guide), your translation company should have solid experience and a comprehensive process which includes at a minimum:
- Source file review, analysis and preparation
- Project kick-off meeting
- Format, edit and proofread all text
- Format, edit and proofread all graphics
- Client review and approval
- Final QA