Without translating and localizing your documents, business booklets, and marketing materials, reaching global audiences would be close to impossible. Apart from carefully choosing what content to include and which language to translate to, there are other textual tactics you can use to assist your language service provider (LSP) in effective and successful translation.
Appropriate Formatting and Presentation
Uniformity is the key. Scrutinize your text and adjust table of contents, font sizes, tabs, lists, margins, line spacing, etc. to be the same throughout, or at least, as you plan it to be formatted in its final arrangement. We recommend making sure that any fonts used are intercontinentally recognizable and point sizes are kept between 10 & 14. The formatting functions within MS- Word, like margins, indents, page breaks and display lists are helpful in ensuring your content is presented precisely and consistently. Likewise, if images, especially those with text, are embedded within your paper (document), include special notes for your translator to either provide translated captions or advise you on other solutions so your expected local reader will be able to comprehend the images.
Check Your Editorial
Have your content document formatted/edited to check that any punctuation mistakes, grammar and spellings are fixed and won’t be replicated in the translations. Most professional translation agencies will offer the option to have each translation proofread before it’s returned to company. This combined with ensuring that your source language is perfect, any editorial errors in the final versions will be practically eliminated.