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Chapter 12. CREATING MULTILINGUAL CONTENT > MANAGING MULTILINGUAL TEXT

MANAGING MULTILINGUAL TEXT

There is more than one way to turn a source HTML page into a target HTML page. The method you use depends largely on the software you have on hand as well as the skill level of your translators and editors. In general, there are four methods for managing text in web pages and graphics, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Method 1: Working Within the File

The most straightforward way of turning a source HTML page into a target HTML page is to work within the file itself. You send the HTML file to a translator, who returns it as a translated HTML file, as shown in Figure 12.1. This method requires little intervention on your part because the file should be returned to you ready for posting to a server for testing. You still might have to alter HTML code, such as hyperlinks, but the translated text itself should require no further modification. If your software doesn’t support double-byte character sets, or languages such as Arabic or Russian, working within the file might be your only feasible solution. However, the danger of relying on this method is that you place a great deal of faith in your translators and editors. If they aren’t skilled at working in HTML files, they could accidentally delete a critical piece of HTML code or translate an HTML tag, such as <BODY> or <TABLE>, causing significant problems.


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