Our next Watercooler Chat is Tuesday, 22 April. It’s at 17:00-18:00 CET (GMT +0100) / 11.00am-12.00pm EST
(Daylight saving time is in effect for both times shown).
The topic for this month’s discussion is:
Managing our source language terminology
This discussion will focus on how we manage the terminology of the source language we work in, which for most of us is probably English. Although terminology is often discussed in the context of localisation, many terminology problems start in the source content.
Some questions to perhaps consider in our discussion: How are you currently managing your English terminology? Who’s the audience for it? How do you distribute it? How do you select terms? How much information do you collect about terms? Is terminology shared across the company? How closely integrated are the terminology needs of documentation and the user interface being documented? What are the sources of terminology problems in your company (e.g., mergers & acquisitions, outsourcing, departmental silos, English as a second language, tools, …) How often is your glossary maintained and who’s in charge of maintaining it? How integrated are the terminology needs of the English and localised content?
Some useful links on the topic are:
- Term checker for ASD Simplified Technical English
- Misused English words and expressions in EU publications (opens PDF)
- Terminology starter guide (opens PDF)
The topic certainly has my attention as I’m giving a presentation on “Taming Terminology” at the TCeurope colloquium, 25 April, in Aix-en-Provence, France.
The Watercooler Chat is informal. No speaker, no PowerPoints, no audio recording. It’s moderated. It’s free. Bring your experience, ideas and questions to share and discuss with fellow communicators located around the world.
Registration and phone-in details
Register at Eventbrite today.
The call-in details are sent out closer to the date to those who register. Telephone numbers for around the world are provided as well as a webinar link for VoIP.
Jennifer O Neill
Manager, STC Europe SIG