If you have Chinese-speaking clients, customers, or employees, you will need Simplified Chinese translation services in order to reach them in their own language. With around 874 million first language speakers and an additional 178 million second language speakers, Chinese is by far the most widely spoken language in the world. Although many Chinese speakers have some facility with English, websites, software, and documentation should all be translated into Chinese for best results in the Chinese-speaking markets.
Simplified Chinese translation is just one part of a larger process known as Chinese globalization. Chinese globalization is the process of adapting your products (software, documentation, and websites) functionally, linguistically, and culturally for Chinese speakers worldwide.
Research by IDC has shown that customers are four times as likely to buy if website content is presented in their language. Simplified Chinese translation services for websites range from simple (such as a straight HTML-based Chinese website) to complex (such as a dynamic, database-driven Chinese web application). Your website translation company should have the capability to translate text from source files such as HTML/XML, applets, database exports, CGI scripts, Java scripts, graphic files, ASP files, or FLASH files.
Chinese software translation services, more appropriately called “localization” services, are needed to create an authentic Chinese software user experience. Online help, menu commands, and installation instructions should be fully translated into Chinese. Your software translation company should have the capability to deal with programming, scripting, and mark-up languages such as Java, VB and ASP, XML and ASP, C/C++, and Visual Basic.
Chinese document translation refers to the translation of printed materials such as books, user guides, promotional brochures, and financial information. Different industries generate different kinds of documents such as instruction manuals, packaging, and marketing materials, all of which must be linguistically and aesthetically consistent with the original. Common layout applications include QuarkXpress, FrameMaker, Word, and InDesign, while graphics are often created and edited in Illustrator or PhotoShop.
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