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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Redesigned Microsoft Language Portal features terminology downloads

    We’ve launched a redesigned and enhanced Microsoft Language Portal ! What you're seeing on the Language Portal today is not only a redesigned and easier-to-use site, but part of a wider effort to provide IT terminology for public download in an industry-recognized format. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Language Portal search tip: Finding exact matches only

    A visitor to the Microsoft Language Portal contacted us via the Feedback page and wrote “ When I try to find “find in”, I don’t find it. ” So the visitor wanted to find the exact string find in , but the search results only contained find . The reason is that common words like in, from, to, etc, are...
  • Blog Post: Is your content ready for globalization?

    This article first appeared in the Microsoft Language Portal . Hardly a day goes by that we don't hear something about globalization and how it is impossible for companies to overlook the importance of building products and services for a global market. The reasons are simple: Software and web...
  • Blog Post: Dutch Style Guide Updated

    The Dutch Style Guide has been updated and is available for download from the Language Portal Style Guide Download Center . Here is an overview of the changes made in this update: - Guidelines for translation of key names have been changed. - A new section has been added on the translation of wizard...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Multilingual documentation: English and localized Help

    The Search tool in the Microsoft Language Portal lets you access the Microsoft terminology database, with thousands of English terms, their definitions and their translations in more than 90 languages, and millions of software strings from localized Microsoft products (also known as UI strings , i.e...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Danish and Ukrainian Style Guides Recently Updated

    The Danish and Ukrainian Style Guides available from the Microsoft Language Portal were updated recently. In the Danish Style Guide, section 4.1.1.7. Mood has been updated. In Danish some verbs in the imperative form can be mistaken for a noun and therefore we have added an accent acute to the verb...
  • Blog Post: Spelling Reform Topic Updated in Portuguese (Brazil) Style Guide

    The 5 th edition of Vocabulário Ortográfico da Língua Portuguesa (VOLP) was published on March 19, 2009, clarifying the points that were obscure in the official text of the Spelling Agreement. In Portuguese (Brazil) Style Guide available on the Language Portal , the topic Portuguese Spelling Reform was...