Wonderful point from João Roque Dias, CT in his article «Translating Technical Manuals»:
Who translates technical manuals?
You’re right! Professional technical translators with a deep knowledge of the subject matter, impeccable writing skills and an excellent command of the “manual style.” Again, at least, that’s who should translate them. In the real world, however:
- Some translators have no idea of what they’re translating…
- Basic technical concepts (that should show in the translated text) are simply left out
- “Style” is reduced to a simple “word by word translation” (the dictionary translation syndrome) (end of quote)