Technical Translation: Usability Strategies for Translating Technical Documentation (Google eBook)

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Jody Byrne
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 23, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 295 pages
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This book is an introduction to technical translation and usability for translators and researchers. It draws on a broad range of research and makes it both accessible and applicable to those involved in the practice and study of translation. After exploring various theoretical aspects of technical translation, readers learn how to improve and assess the quality of technical translations by using cognitive psychology, usability engineering and technical communication to develop skills which can be implemented during the text production stage of the translation process. A practical usability study is described to illustrate the theories, methods and benefits of usability engineering. This book is unique in that it discusses technical translation from a theoretical and practical point of view. Without this book, translators and researchers would have to read numerous books in a wide range of areas.
  

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Contents

Technical Translation
1
The Importance of Technical Translation
2
The Reality of Technical Translation
7
The Aim of Technical Translation
10
The Translators Role
15
Theory in Technical Translation
21
Conclusions
44
Technical Communication
47
Conclusions
149
Usability Engineering
151
Cognetics
153
Understanding How We Read User Guides
157
Implementing Usability Measures
160
Iconic Linkage
164
Iconic Linkage as a Cognitive Strategy
171
Conclusions
175

The Nature of Technical Documentation
48
Typical Technical Documents
50
Software Documentation
52
Software User Guides
57
Software User Guides Quality
64
Assessing User Guide Quality
92
Conclusions
94
Understanding Users
97
The Human Cognitive System
100
Perception
109
Memory
114
Cognitive Processing
121
Attention Selection
124
Learning
130
Reasoning ProblemSolving
138
The Transition from ProblemSolving to Skill
145
Assessing Usability
177
Historical Problems in Document Usability Research
178
Approaches to Empirical Evaluation
179
Survey Methods
186
Participants in a Usability Evaluation
194
Usability Evaluation Procedures
196
Experiment to Test the Impact of Iconic Linkage
207
Main Study
236
Results of Usability Evaluation
239
Conclusions
249
Conclusions
253
Cognetics and Iconic Linkage
254
Future Directions
255
Bibliography
259
Appendices
271
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