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Thread poster: Katia Perry

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
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Mar 14, 2007

Hi.
I was asked to make an estimate for a job, but the agency wants to pay by line (they used as a basis 55 characters/line).
How do you do that?
Do you charge each line, no matter how many words/characters it has, or do you consider each group of 55 characters (to use the agencies' basis) as a line?
TIA.
Katia


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Base it on character count. Mar 14, 2007

In Word, take the figure for "character count including spaces" and divide by 55 to give you the number of lines.

 

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
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Thank you. Mar 14, 2007

Jack Doughty wrote:

In Word, take the figure for "character count including spaces" and divide by 55 to give you the number of lines.


 

Victor Dewsbery  Identity Verified
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Ifs and buts Mar 14, 2007

Jack Doughty wrote:

In Word, take the figure for "character count including spaces" and divide by 55 to give you the number of lines.


That is usually good enough (and it is what I often do myself).

However, the character count in Word is not perfect. Specifically, Word is "blind" to embedded text boxes, it doesn't see headers and footers, and you have to click an extra box to make it count footnotes.

So sometimes (depending on the type of file and the specifics of the job) I count with PractiCount or DVX instead of Word.

But the principle, as Jack explained, is the character count for the whole job, not the number of lines on the page (because a line of text on the page will usually make up something like one and a half standard lines of 55 keystrokes).

As I have stated elsewhere in the forum, I prefer billing by lines rather than words, but that's a different topic.
(If you're interested, search the forums for "word rate roulette".)

[Edited at 2007-03-14 18:05]


 

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
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Thank you, Victor Mar 14, 2007

Victor Dewsbery wrote:

Jack Doughty wrote:

In Word, take the figure for "character count including spaces" and divide by 55 to give you the number of lines.


That is usually good enough (and it is what I often do myself).

However, the character count in Word is not perfect. Specifically, Word is "blind" to embedded text boxes, it doesn't see headers and footers, and you have to click an extra box to make it count footnotes.

So sometimes (depending on the type of file and the specifics of the job) I count with PractiCount or DVX instead of Word.

But the principle, as Jack explained, is the character count for the whole job, not the number of lines on the page (because a line of text on the page will usually make up something like one and a half standard lines of 55 keystrokes).

As I have stated elsewhere in the forum, I prefer billing by lines rather than words, but that's a different topic.
(If you're interested, search the forums for "word rate roulette".)

[Edited at 2007-03-14 18:05]


 

Gert Hirschfeld  Identity Verified
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Rule of thumb Mar 15, 2007

Hi Perry,
My rule of thumb is - based on past translation documents - that a line of 55 chars equals roughly 11 words. So I know what they are talking about when they start mentioning lines.

So if someone says that the doc is 500 lines long, the quantity is probably around 5500 words.

If that's true for Spanish and Portuguese, you could figure out yourself.


 

Katia Perry  Identity Verified
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Thanks Gert! Mar 16, 2007

Gert Hirschfeld wrote:

Hi Perry,
My rule of thumb is - based on past translation documents - that a line of 55 chars equals roughly 11 words. So I know what they are talking about when they start mentioning lines.

So if someone says that the doc is 500 lines long, the quantity is probably around 5500 words.

If that's true for Spanish and Portuguese, you could figure out yourself.


 


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