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5 tips to write translation-friendly technical documentation

Translation-friendly technical documentation

In the content creation process, translation is usually at the bottom of the priority list. This is unfortunate, because it pays off when you already start thinking about translations before you create your source document. 

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Knowledge and networking: key takeaways from tcworld 2017

tcworld 2017

tcworld is one of those conferences in the language services community you cannot afford to miss. And so, we were happy to attend the conference again in Stuttgart this year from 24 to 26 October. Not only is tcworld a great way to keep up with the new trends, but we were also happy to make our own contributions with presentations about neural machine translation and the use of video. 

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Why technical documentation is your secret marketing weapon

Technical documentation as marketing material

There is a big gap between the way companies are treating their marketing content and how they look at technical content, such as manuals. While marketing documents usually get the royal treatment, technical content is often playing second fiddle. This is a shame, because there is a lot of untapped marketing potential in your technical documentation.  

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Fonts in multilingual publications

What the Font!

Fonts are a designer’s best friend. A carefully chosen font will reflect your brand image, its personality and uniqueness. However, just like we need to choose our friends wisely, the font choice for your brochure or your website should be well thought-out, especially when you are dealing with a multilingual audience. 

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Are you ready for augmented reality content creation?

Augmented Reality

On September 1st 2017, Yamagata group was invited at Microsoft’s Japan partner Conference 2017 in Tokyo. At one of the keynote sessions, Yamagata proudly presented and demonstrated the Augmented Reality (AR) content that was developed for the Hologarage, an AR application for mechanical engineers.

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When to choose a translation agency

Agency

When it comes to translation, most companies are fully aware that outside help can make their business grow. However, with so many options available today, ranging from in-house translators, online translation platforms over freelancers to translation agencies, it can be hard to choose. 

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How to make your e-learning localization succeed

Successful e-learning localization

E-learning localization is much more than just translating a course. It requires thorough planning and an understanding of the international, cultural context you will be offering your e-course in. 

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How to make DITA work for translation

Making DITA work for translation

There’s little debate about the benefits of DITA for the creation of technical content in large organizations. However, translating documents in a DITA environment is not always that straightforward, and can result in errors. Luckily, DITA offers a number of features that enable you to reduce the risk of mistakes. 

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A message from our interns

Our interns Helen and Tom recently spent 4 weeks at Yamagata Europe and left a nice message.

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Tackling the challenges of Asian machine translation

Asian MT

In today’s globalized economy, more and more Asian companies are spreading their wings across the globe. At rapid pace, these companies are moving away from centralized Asia-based engineering sites towards a distributed model with regional branches. And although geographical boundaries seem to be fading away, there is still one important barrier that needs to be overcome: language. In order to improve corporate communication between different geographical business units, many of Yamagata’s customers are now turning to machine translation. 

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Big in japan: 7 ways to cross the Japanese cultural and language barriers (part 2)

Big In Japan Part 2

Be it for business or pleasure, learning Japanese is an adventure. In our second installment of this short series, we talk about four more hurdles you will need to take if you want to speak, write or translate Japanese. 

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On robots, bicycles and baseball

Kohei Yamagata

An interview with Kohei Yamagata, Key Account Manager at Yamagata Europe 

 

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Big in Japan: 7 ways to cross the Japanese cultural and language barriers (part 1)

Big In Japan: Part 1

Are you dealing with Japanese customers, suppliers or colleagues? Then be sure to take into account a number of social and communication rules, if you want your relationship to be successful. Also, if you need to handle translation from or into Japanese, then there are a few important things you should be aware of.

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How to get ready for agile translation

Agile is the word

Faster, better, cheaper. No, you didn’t land in a Daft Punk song. You’re just reading the mantra of today’s business world. In practically any business discipline, be it software development, marketing or technical support, it’s a challenge to keep deadlines, budgets and quality under control. In some of those disciplines however, people have come to realize that the only way to survive and keep pace is to be agile. Finally, the translation industry is catching up on that idea as well. 

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