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Poll: Is your operation paper-free?
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Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 12:10
English to French
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Other Feb 26, 2010

Not quite, but as much as can be - and I recycle a lot, using the reverse side of all paper I can lay my hands on (mailings for instance).

[Modifié le 2010-02-26 08:15 GMT]


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 12:10
English to Italian
no, but I do my best Feb 26, 2010

I still receive a loto of translations on a paper format, so I use the reverse side if I need to print something.

On the other hand I print only the necessary pages of the documents I get by email, cause sometimes I need it for several reasons.

I am trying to make my little office as paper-free as possibile.


 

Stéphanie Soudais  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 12:10
English to French
Other Feb 26, 2010

I proofread every translation of mine on a printed version (with a small police and tiny margins) but like Interlangue I only use "recycled" mailings, etc. I have never bought a ream of paper since I started as a freelancer.

Stéphanie

[Edited at 2010-02-26 08:44 GMT]


 

Catherine Winzer  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 12:10
German to English
+ ...
No, and it can't be Feb 26, 2010

Most of my work is carried out paper free. I receive and send translations almost exclusively by e-mail and I rarely print them out. But certain things, such as invoices, have to be printed out for tax purposes (as far as I'm aware).

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 12:10
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Other Feb 26, 2010

No, and it is never going to be, because it affects the quality of my work, but I save wherever I can.

I recycle, use both sides when possible, delete empty lines to get more on one page, and use the most environment-friendly paper I can buy. (Without using a lot of petrol transporting it...)

I simply cannot do without a print of the source text in many cases, where I make all kinds of pencil notes before I start typing the translation. It does not work on the screen. <
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No, and it is never going to be, because it affects the quality of my work, but I save wherever I can.

I recycle, use both sides when possible, delete empty lines to get more on one page, and use the most environment-friendly paper I can buy. (Without using a lot of petrol transporting it...)

I simply cannot do without a print of the source text in many cases, where I make all kinds of pencil notes before I start typing the translation. It does not work on the screen.

I print out nearly all my translations afterwards too, for proofreading, because I see things on paper that I miss on screen. I always do a preliminary check on screen before printing out.

Paper is a recyclable resource - as fuel when it can no longer be re-used as paper, and it is made from renewable wood grown in managed forests. I do care, but I see no point in trying to eliminate it completely.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 12:10
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
+ ...
One option is missing Feb 26, 2010

No, and I don't think it can/should be in my case because my processes involve proofreading or printing of documents on paper.

 

Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 12:10
Italian to English
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Yes (99%) Feb 26, 2010

In my experience, everything can be done electronically except when a document needs to be signed and returned (eg NDAs), in which case I print, sign, scan and email.

 

Michaël Temmerman  Identity Verified
Costa Rica
Local time: 04:10
English to Dutch
+ ...
no Feb 26, 2010

Just like others have already said: I print my translations for proofreading purposes. Quality always comes first (or at least it should)!

 

keelin feeney  Identity Verified
Ireland
Local time: 11:10
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Nearly Feb 26, 2010

I manage to do most work on the PC+laptop together so that means I don't have to print up documents for proofreading. Anything I do print up is on the reverse side of other sheets of paper that I have in the house since my teaching days. My biggie though is my agenda where I record all jobs, rates, deadlines and invoices and this one little book lasts me throughout the year.

 

Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 12:10
Member (2007)
German to French
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Yes Feb 26, 2010

Oliver Lawrence wrote:

In my experience, everything can be done electronically except when a document needs to be signed and returned (eg NDAs), in which case I print, sign, scan and email.
Exactly the same here, it would account for 99% paper-free too, I think.


 

Mafalda d'Orey de Faria  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 11:10
Member
English to Portuguese
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Other Feb 26, 2010

Just like Interlangue.

I print as little as possible, and on both sides!

Have a great week-end!


 

Alvaro Aliaga  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 20:10
English to Spanish
+ ...
Almost Feb 26, 2010

I try not to print unless it is absolutely necessary.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 03:10
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
+ ...
Almost - I have come a long way Feb 26, 2010

I'm speaking of my translation operation. I'm down to one file of invoices and many shelves of paper dictionaries which I still love and use.

My office still has a lot of paper associated with other activities in my life - mainly, my studies in landscape design, which generate a lot of visual stuff.


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 11:10
Russian to English
+ ...
In memoriam
No, and I don't care Feb 26, 2010

I shall continue to operate in the way I find most convenient.
I am resistant to constant nagging about how I should save this and protect that, especially when it is in the name of non-existent global warming.

Jack Doughty, alias Grumpy Old Man


 
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