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Vacon Plc. Future of multilingual content management in product documentation. Pasi Savola, Documentation Manager. Vacon in a nutshell. Established 1993 in Vaasa, by a group of 13 persons Listed in Helsinki Stock Exchange in December 2000 In 2012, the turnover was 388 MEUR

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vacon plc

VaconPlc

Future of multilingual content management in product documentation

Pasi Savola,Documentation Manager

vacon in a nutshell

Vacon in a nutshell

Established 1993 in Vaasa, by a group of 13 persons

Listed in Helsinki Stock Exchange in December 2000

In 2012, the turnover was 388 MEUR

About 1600 persons working for Vacon globally

Production and R&D facilities in China, India, Italy and the USA. Sales offices in 29 countries

Vacon concentrates on one product only, AC drives for a large variety of industrial applications

AC drives are used for controlling the speed of electric motors, with different software for different applications, such as pumps, lifts, conveyors, paper machines, etc.

-> Save energy, enhance processes

-> Renewable energy sources

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product documentation and content management current situation

Product documentation and content management, current situation

•Our products have installation and software manuals

• The manuals are localized in about 25 different languages

• Content is created and updated with Adobe Framemaker, some manuals still in MS Word format

Challenges:

-> Vast amount of content

-> The information is not structured, same content in many books

-> Writing, update and localization processes challenging to manage, risk of errors

-> Vacon has specialized vocabulary

-> Content is updated twice a year

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product documentation and content management next steps

Product documentation and content management, next steps

The production and localization of user and service documentation have been outsourced to two different partners

-> Main development steps being taken: XML, STE, specialized technical glossary in all Vacon Group languages

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XML

All product documentation content is being recreated in DITA-based modular environment

-> About 40-50% of Vacon manuals’ content can be reused in several different documents

-> Texts are being made more generic -> more reusable

-> Publishing made automatic

+ Uniform look and feel

-> Modules are updated in one location only

+ Improved accuracy and time-to-market

+ Less writing resources needed

+ Savings in localization process

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STE

All product documentation content is being recreated according to Simplified Technical English standard

-> General STE vocabulary restricted to about 1000 words

-> Vacon-specific vocabulary imported to the system as a separate module

-> Only STE-approved terms allowed in authoring, short sentences and bulleted lists preferred

+ Clear and understandable user manuals

+ Improved accuracy and time-to-market

+ Less writing resources needed

+ Savings in localization process

Goal: Clear and uniform environment of Vacon technical product information!

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vacon glossary in all languages

Vacon glossary in all languages

Along with XML and STE, a special glossary of challenging Vacon terminology is being created

-> Consists of about 800 terms at the moment

-> Includes special terms considered especially challenging in translations

-> The glossary is being localized to all Vacon Group languages

+ Minimizing errors in language versions

+ Reducing quality issues

+ Savings in localization processes with developed translation memories

Goal: Clear and uniform environment of Vacon technical product information in all languages!

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points to be considered in content creation

Points to be considered in content creation

• Whether inhouse, or outsourced, always use professionals

• Train the writers in the area of the business

• Consider carefully, which technology to use in content creation

-> MS Word is OK, but in a certain stage, the need of special tools increases.

-> When the amount of data and translations increase, have a business case made for implementing a Content Management System. A big task but brings benefits in the future

• Less is more!

-> Reduce the amount of content where possible

• Less is more!

-> Do not repeat yourself!

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points to be considered in localizing your content

Points to be considered in localizing your content

• Whether inhouse, or outsourced, always use professionals, invest in quality partnerships

• Commit your international subsidiaries/sales offices to validating the translations

-> Quality is good and local cultural elements also considered

• Create a precise language strategy

• Keep the management informed about cost structure

• Develop the partnerships continuously, challenge them!

• If you have special terminology, make a glossary and have it translated

• Less is more!

-> If you have a lot of content and language versions, every reduction in content pays off

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