How many words per page
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xxxMurielP  Identity Verified
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Apr 27, 2004

Hello,

This question may have been asked before, but I cannot find any in the fora.

I have just been asked to send my rates in GBP/page. I usually quote per 1000 words. Is there a words/page standard accepted in the profession. I have looked at a few of my documents and it can vary from 400 to 750...

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks


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Elvira Stoianov  Identity Verified
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I think EU standard is about 250-300 Apr 27, 2004

if I remember well from other discussions

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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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It varies Apr 27, 2004

in my experience from about 220 words to about 280, but that again depends on character count how many characters you reckon to be a page. We count 1800 with spaces and page as 250 words.

But I suggest always to insist on word count,
at least, we always do. Otherwise it causes accountancy problems, with all these various measurement units- I mean, say line can be anything from 50 to 60 characters and this variation percentage DOES make a difference.

Uldis


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xxxMurielP  Identity Verified
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What if the page has 700 words Apr 27, 2004

I have just finished a translation of a document with pages having 700+ words... so if I offer xxx per page, with a page standard of, say, 250 words, would I count a page having more words as several pages??

Sorry this may sound ignorant, but I need to get this offer right and feel confused on how to do it.

Thanks


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Anjo Sterringa  Identity Verified
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Conditional offer Apr 27, 2004

State in your offer that you will only apply this rate for 'standard' pages of xxx (say max. 300 words). If there is a difference of more than xx words or xx % through the document, you will charge the additional words separately at xx per word.

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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Therefore count and agree on price per word Apr 27, 2004

We had one instance, when Client's "page" turned out to be 15 pages, or about 3700 words (text on reverse side of an insurance police)

Thre client was, let's put it mildly, "a little supprised" upon receiving the invoice...

Uldis

Muriel Pratt wrote:

I have just finished a translation of a document with pages having 700+ words...
Thanks



[Edited at 2004-04-27 11:38]


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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Quote per standard page Apr 27, 2004

Even when quoting per page, you should always get down to number of words or characters, because a client's page can be anything.

For example, most of the Czech agencies use so called standard page, which is 1800 characters including spaces of the target text.

I suggest you quote per standard page, defined as 250 source words. You could also ask what they mean by page. If it's an agency, they should know. If it's a direct client, then maybe they don't understand the system and you should educate them.


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xxxMurielP  Identity Verified
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I shall contact the client Apr 27, 2004

This is a quote for a direct client, so I shall clear all this with them. But thanks to all of you, this has helped me understand how to go about it.

I was thinking of 400/500 words a page, which makes a lot of difference!!

Again thank you.


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Judy Rojas  Identity Verified
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Standard in Chile Apr 27, 2004

Hi Muriel:

Most countries are quoting on a per word basis (much simpler), but here in Chile the standard is per page of 250 words.
Regards,
Ricardo


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xxxMurielP  Identity Verified
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Thank you Apr 27, 2004

Ricardo Martinez de la Torre wrote:

Hi Muriel:

Most countries are quoting on a per word basis (much simpler), but here in Chile the standard is per page of 250 words.
Regards,
Ricardo


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lien
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Agree Apr 27, 2004

Hynek Palatin wrote:

For example, most of the Czech agencies use so called standard page, which is 1800 characters including spaces of the target text.



A page is 1800 characters + spaces, the "physical" page doesn't matter.


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