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From: Lieske, Christian <christian.lieske@sap.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 11:16:32 +0200
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Hi all,

I had a look at "Best Practice 10: Indicate terminology-related elements".

My high-level feedback is the following:


Quote>Define what elements are related to terminology information

It may sound academic, but don't we really want to say "Define which element are related to designators?" (see ISO 1087).


Quote>You should provide an ITS rules document where you use its:termRule elements
Quote>to indicate which elements are "terms" and information related to them (e.g. definitions).
Quote>This set of ITS rules indicates the following:

I would suggest to rephrase this as "The set of ITS rules below indicates ..."


Quote>The capability of specifying terms within the source content is important for terminology management that is beneficial to translation and localization quality.

We discussed, if I remember correctly, that also source language quality and change management benefit from properly marking designators. You can for example match designators against material management repositories.


Quote>Identified terms could be used for indexing that may require some language specific information. For example, Japanese words are sorted not by script characters, but by phonetic characters. Therefore when a Japanese index item is created, it should be accompanied with a phonetic string, called Yomigana.

Hmm. Shouldn't this read: 

	Note: Often, indices need to contain more than the designators which have been marked in the text. In Japanese, for example ...


Quote>As a result, terms may require various attributes, such as part of speech, gender, number, term types, definitions, notes on usage, etc. To avoid such a large attribute data is repeated within a document, it should be possible for identified terms to link to externalized attribute data, such as glossary documents and terminology database.

We may want to find an alternative way to talk about "term-related information" (such as "gender" etc.). "attributes" may be confusing in an XML setting. How about "meta data" or "supplementary information"?


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