How are we doing?

The Language Portal (http://www.microsoft.com/language) has been available for over a year, now and we would like to hear what you think so far! Is the site helping you in your daily work? What areas do you use most often? What is particularly useful about being able to search for terms? What would you like to…

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Puget Sound STC meeting on terminology at Microsoft

The Puget Sound chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) invited me and a panel of Microsoft writers, editors, managers, and terminologists to present our view of terminology management best practices at their November meeting in Bellevue, WA.  I have been a member of STC for 20 plus years, during most of that time…

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Terminology management methods in the localization process

This article first appeared in the Microsoft Language Portal. It briefly summarizes the main terminology management methods in the localization process and highlights the differences between the semasiological and onomasiological approaches. Terminology management in the localization process has changed considerably over the years, both in the methods used and in the different phases of the product…

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Terminology management at Microsoft

This article first appeared in the Microsoft Language Portal. It describes how Microsoft terminology gets from the drawing board to the people outside Microsoft who need it – third-party software developers, user interface designers, and language professionals. The Microsoft Language Excellence group owns and maintains a multilingual, concept-oriented, terminology database. The Language Excellence group’s mission is…

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Microsoft terminology management presented at tcworld 2008

Last week I was in Wiesbaden (Germany) for the tcworld conference 2008, the world’s largest event in the field of technical communication, to present Working with terminology at Microsoft: a case study. I gave an overview of the Microsoft terminology management model, describing how it evolved over the years from simple isolated glossaries  to its…

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