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Stroke based quotation
Thread poster: m a r i n a
m a r i n a  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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English to Spanish
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Aug 8, 2006

Hi All,

I was asked to send a quote for a text. The problem I'm facing is that I have to send two types of quotes: one per word and another one per stroke (including spaces, punctuation marks, etc). However, I'm not sure how to proceed since this has never happened to me before. How much do you usually charge per stroke? Or how you calculate it? The language pairs are English to Japanese and English to German.

Thanks in advance for all your answers.

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Marina


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xxxXX789  Identity Verified
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Per stroke? Aug 9, 2006

Per stroke? Who is going to count that?!

They don't mean per character right? That's a lot more common.


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Sybille  Identity Verified
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Stroke based quotation Aug 9, 2006

Hi, Marina

You can easily get a stroke based quotation, if in Word you choose
"Tools" -> Wordcount -> characters plus empty spaces. (I do not know the right designation on an English "Word" page - on the German Word page it would be "Extras" ->Wörter zählen -> Zeichen (mit Leerzeichen).

Regards

Sybille


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Vito Smolej
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That is assuming she has the material on hand Aug 9, 2006

You can easily get a stroke based quotation


For stroke price I'd divide word price by 6.5 - if it is Roman/german/slavic languages. No idea about the RoW.

What about double spaces? They count double I hope (g)?

[Edited at 2006-08-09 09:31]


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xxxXX789  Identity Verified
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Aha Aug 9, 2006

It seems stroke refers to key stroke, not character stroke.

The thing is that in Japanese, every pen stroke used to write a character is called a stroke too.

Since one of the pairs was English to Japanese, I was wondering.

If it refers to key strokes, do what the others said


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xxxMarc P  Identity Verified
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Stroke based quotation Aug 9, 2006

Loek van Kooten wrote:

Per stroke? Who is going to count that?!

They don't mean per character right? That's a lot more common.


By keystroke (normally expressed as "standard lines" of 55 keystrokes) is by far the most common method of counting in Germany. "Characters" does not include whitespace characters.

Marc

Sorry Loek, our posts crossed.

[Edited at 2006-08-09 12:27]


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PAS  Identity Verified
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English to Polish
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Strokes Aug 9, 2006

Just some additional, unsolicited information:

In the heady days of typewriters, a standard page (A4 size) normally fit 30 lines of 60 strokes per line (characters, including spaces).
This gives 1800 strokes/ page.
Giving a quote per stroke seems unnatural, because you'll end up quoting very small numbers (e.g. EUR 0.008/ stroke).

In Poland we quote per "standard page" consisting of so many strokes - anywhere from 1500 to 1800.

So the above quote corresponds to EUR 14.40/ standard page of 1800 strokes.

Pawel Skalinski

Vito: technically they shouldn't. If I separate each word by hitting the space bar twice, the extra spaces will be counted, but that is cheating, never mind poor text layout practice.

[Edited at 2006-08-09 14:40]


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Armorel Young  Identity Verified
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German to English
Try Fee Wizard Aug 9, 2006

You can use the little tool called Fee Wizard at http://www.amtrad.it/feewizardres.ph to convert between pricing expressed in words, lines or keystrokes.

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Kevin Pfeiffer  Identity Verified
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link bad? Aug 17, 2006

Armorel Young wrote:

You can use the little tool called Fee Wizard at http://www.amtrad.it/feewizardres.ph to convert between pricing expressed in words, lines or keystrokes.


Perhaps not any more? The link failed on me.


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