Usability Strategies for Translating Technical Documentation
2006, XV, 280 p.
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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.
Preface. Aims and Structure of this Book. Acknowledgements.-
Technical Translation. The Importance of Technical Translation. Some Misconceptions. The Reality of Technical Translation. The Aim of Technical Translation. The Translator’s Role. Theory in Technical Translation. Conclusions.-
Technical Communication. The Nature of Technical Documentation. Software Documentation. Software User Guides. Software User Guides & Quality. What Makes A Good User Guide? Assessing User Guide Quality. Conclusion.-
Understanding Users. Usability. The Human Cognitive System. Perception. Memory. Cognitive Processing. Attention. Learning. Reasoning & Problem-Solving. The Transition from Problem-Solving to Skill. Conclusions.-
Usability Engineering. Interfaces. Cognetics. Usability Objectives. Understanding How We Read User Guides. Implementing Usability Measures. Iconic Linkage. The Benefits of Iconic Linkage. Potential Criticisms of Iconic Linkage. Conclusions.-
Assessing Usability. Empirical Usability Evaluation. Historical Problems in Document Usability Research. Approaches to Empirical Evaluation. Usability Evaluation Procedures. Usability Evaluation Case Studies. Experiment to Test the Impact of Iconic Linkage. Pilot Study. Main Study. Results of Usability Evaluation. Analysis of Results. Conclusions.- Conclusions. Cognetics and Iconic Linkage. Future Directions.-Bibliography.-