Appendix 1: Overview of the translation process

The typical translation process, whether for print, website or other media, involves:

Planning for translations

  • location data sources
  • Identify target audience
  • Select language(s)
  • Consider options other than written translations

Preparing material for translation

  • Text for translation
  • Design template
  • Bilingual publications

Arranging translations

  • Engage a language service provider (check departmental policies)
  • Brief the translator

Finalising the translation project

  • Design and production (print and web)
  • Make translations available
  • Evaluate and maintain translations (in consultation with communities)