Best way to present final translated work
Thread poster: S K
S K
Ireland
Local time: 21:19
French to English
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Sep 28, 2005

Hi there,
I am new to the site and wondered what the general consensus is regarding presenting of finished work to potential clients i.e what is considered a high quality presentation.
Is it displaying source and translation on the same document? Is it simply providing the target language translated work?
Any feedback would be great. thanks


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Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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If in doubt, ask the client Sep 28, 2005

In my experience it is very unusual to return both the source and translated text in the same document. You would be best off asking your client what he/she requires - and if the source text is required alongside the translation, then so be it.

In a nutshell, a translation should convey the meaning of the source text, and be presented in the same format/layout as the original. For longer documents it may well be impossible to produce a page-for-page translation, and again this is not always expected.


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 15:19
German to English
Final translated work Sep 28, 2005

Dear Jana,
I think you misunderstood the question. Unless I'm mistaken, Siobhan is talking about "potential clients." This could involve sending sample translation work to clients for whom one would like to work.
Kim


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Jana Teteris  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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My mistake Sep 28, 2005

Sorry about that. I must have overlooked the word 'potential' - therefore please ignore most of what I said in my previous post.

If you are providing samples of your work, then it sounds like a good idea if you provide both source and target texts. As a suggestion, I would divide the page into 2 columns - source text on the LH side, and target on the right. Another method is to provide the source text on page 1 and target text on page 2. Basically, there is no right or wrong method, as long as your work is presented clearly and double-checked for errors.

HTH.

Kim Metzger wrote:

Dear Jana,
I think you misunderstood the question. Unless I'm mistaken, Siobhan is talking about "potential clients." This could involve sending sample translation work to clients for whom one would like to work.
Kim



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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Formatting variations Sep 29, 2005

You might find it useful to display your versatility in handling different formats and submit source and target samples in e.g. Word, PPT, HTML etc.

Remember you'd either need express permission from the client you did the respective job for, or you can choose information from the public domain (stating copyright) and prepare some sample work off your own bat.

Rgds
Chris


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S K
Ireland
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Thanks Sep 29, 2005

Thanks guys,
All very useful,
Siobhan


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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Perhaps consider PDF format Sep 29, 2005

Siobhan Kelly wrote:

Thanks guys,
All very useful,
Siobhan


Another thought: (If the text is printed on paper this is irrelevant.)
If it's an electronic document, consider having it in PDF format as this defines what it looks like. A Word document is not 100% defined. For example, if if uses a font that the recipient doesn't have and the font is not embedded in the document, the appearance on his computer won't be the same as on yours.
You can produce PDF files from word-processor documents by using the full Acrobat product, which has to be paid for (roughly 300 euro, I think), or there are a few free software applications that can do this. One is OpenOffice.org, which is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet and more) that can export to the PDF format. You can download it (if you have broadband: it's too big for a modem in practice) or get the latest version from time to time in the CD accompanying various computer magazines.

Oliver


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S K
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Brilliant!! Sep 29, 2005

Gee Oliver,
That's fantastic. I didn't realise about the fonts etc and had a problem with a client because some of the translation was apparently "missing". This could've been the real problem, because I checked and re-checked and couldn't find how they were missing it.


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Textklick  Identity Verified
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Final passing thought Sep 30, 2005

Siobhan Kelly wrote:

Hi there,
I am new to the site...


Oliver's PDF suggestion makes sound sense. Another facility is the 'Portfolio' tab on your profile page.

Check mine to see your words mystically reappear..

To see the facility working really neatly, check Kim's portfolio.

Rgds
Chris


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