Multilingual Desktop Publishing (DTP)

 

CSOFT provides professional and competitive multilingual publishing services in over 100 languages. Our desktop publishing specialists work with all industry-standard desktop publishing and graphics tools, such as Adobe FrameMaker, PageMaker, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, and Photoshop, as well as QuarkXPress, Macromedia Robohelp, Webworks, and others. We offer complete support for DTP on Windows, Linux and Mac platforms.

 

In addition to regular publishing and graphic design skills, our professional, multilingual DTP team excels in the following:

In-depth knowledge of international layout issues and typographical conventions
Understanding of language and character set issues in multilingual documentation
Expert knowledge of file conversions between translation memory tools and DTP applications
Extensive knowledge of over 100 foreign languages
Single source publishing
Technical experience with markup languages such as HTML and XML (for online help system)

 

Once translation and editing are complete, our publishing team will begin the DTP production process. The DTP team formats localized text to match the English layout. They adjust fonts, graphics and tables, and update tables of contents, indexes and all links according to international typographical rules and industry standard practices.

 

There are usually two types of publishing projects: printed and online documentation. Our DTP team has developed a number of checklists for each type of publishing project so that we can consistently provide the highest quality work.

 

CSOFT is experienced with a variety of documentation formats including:

InDesign
FrameMaker books and manuals
QuarkXPress marketing collateral
Compiled HTML Help (.chm) and JavaHelp
WinHelp
Ready Set Go
Quicksilver Pro
HTML, XML

 

CSOFT also conducts regular training sessions for our DTP teams to share project experience and to learn new software features, so that we can continuously improve the quality of our work. We maintain a set of internal guidelines for multilingual DTP productions, such as font selection, text expansion treatment and PDF output to ensure the consistent quality of production for which we are well-known.

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