Metric - how many words on a page?
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JLLTranslation
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Mar 22, 2011

Hi,

I have been asked to give info on my experience for a potential new project and the client has asked for volume info.

I always work in no. of words but I have been asked for page counts.

Can anyone tell me roughly how many words of Italian or French (my usual source langs) might be on a page? There's probably a standard metric?

Many thanks in advance!
Jo


 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Don't give in Mar 22, 2011

You work by the number of words, stick to that. Anyone who wants to translate that into pages can do it on their own.

One man's page is another's book and another's postage stamp. Continue to quote by the number of words.


 

Teressa Weaver  Identity Verified
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Try Word Document Mar 22, 2011

I don't know the average/standard number of words. However, you might try some MicrosoftWord documents or WordPerfect or whatever system you use. Several of the word processing programs have a "word count" option. Check several one-page documents or a few multi-page documents and average them out. That should give you an idea.

The number of words on a page will be affected by margin size, font, font size and spacing, of course.


 

milena ferrante  Identity Verified
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Cartella: 60 characters per 30 lines Mar 22, 2011

In Italy you usually use "cartella" which is 30 lines per 60 characters or a bit less. If you ask client how many "cartelle" there are on a page and you consider that 2000 characters is more or less 300 words (at least if I remember well) you can have a rough idea of what it is about...


JLLTranslation wrote:

Hi,

I have been asked to give info on my experience for a potential new project and the client has asked for volume info.

I always work in no. of words but I have been asked for page counts.

Can anyone tell me roughly how many words of Italian or French (my usual source langs) might be on a page? There's probably a standard metric?

Many thanks in advance!
Jo


 

Germaine  Identity Verified
Canada
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Thanks to technology, things change! Mar 22, 2011

There was a time when a "page" was 200-250 words.
Then, there were 350-400-word pages.
Now, thanks to those marvellous scalable fonts (or is it that words used nowadays are shorter????) , you can receive an "it's-only-two-pages" letter of 1200 words!
Personnally, I consider a page to have 350 words.


 

Barbara Carrara  Identity Verified
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One Reference (in Italian) Mar 22, 2011

Take a look at this very useful tool by our colleague Simon Turner

http://www.tariffometro.it/


 

Sandra& Kenneth  Identity Verified
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No problem Mar 22, 2011


I always work in no. of words but I have been asked for page counts.


Calculate the number of words, decide what your page is (a good standard is 250 words), and quote "XXX pages of 250 words".
HTH.


 

JLLTranslation
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Thanks! Mar 22, 2011

Thanks all for your contributions.

The client tells me they consider 1500 characters (without spaces) as being a standard page so, if you reckon 300 words is 2000 characters, I'll go for 250 words to a page I think. It's only approximate, just to give the client an idea of the volume of work I've done on certain subjects and for certain clients.

Many thanks.
Jo


 

Riccardo Schiaffino  Identity Verified
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Actually, that's a cartella editoriale Mar 22, 2011

milena ferrante wrote:

In Italy you usually use "cartella" which is 30 lines per 60 characters or a bit less. If you ask client how many "cartelle" there are on a page and you consider that 2000 characters is more or less 300 words (at least if I remember well) you can have a rough idea of what it is about...


30 lines per 60 characters (1800 characters per page) is the cartella editoriale, used in the publishing industry. The cartella commerciale (used outside publishing) is 1500 characters (25 lines of 60 characters).

The word count varies depending on the language (and on the text), but it usually is 225 - 250 word per cartella is a good estimate.

[Edited at 2011-03-22 20:03 GMT]


 


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