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The following advice is from Erik Hoy who translated Google Guide into
Before translating anything, read Google Guide as if you were a novice.
Check all the examples on your local version of Google. Some features
work only on the US version and other features work differently from
the US version. For example, queries with accents match more results
on Google.dk (the Danish version of Google) than on the English
Localize your examples. The examples in Google Guide are intended for
US and English speakers. Change the examples to appeal
to your audience.
Consider separating "need to know" from "nice to know." When I made
the Danish Google Guide, I first described what users need to do and
then why. In the Danish version, what's nice-to-know, appears in
sections entitled "Understand, " e.g., "Understand News-Search,"
"Understand Image-Search," "Understand Google."
Though Google Guide focuses exclusively on Google, there are great
features in other search engines, e.g., Yahoo for searching news (at
least in Scandinavia) and Teoma for clustering. In your translation,
mention superior features available in other search engines.
Hopefully Google will soon offer comparable or even better
Select examples that will not go out of date.
Since the web and Google's algorithms and features constantly evolve
and Google doesn't publicize all their enhancements, keep abreast of
new features and capabilities by reading Blogs and websites written by
search engine experts, such as Tara Calishain's Research Buzz, Gary Price's Resource
Shelf, and Search Engine Watch.
After You've Translated Google Guide
- If you don't have screen-capture
software, consider using Irfan View. It's free and easy to
Consider including navigation menus on both the left and the right
sides of each page. I use left menus for keeping the overview and
navigating and the right menus for fun stuff, including helpful
links, explanations, and dictionary definitions.
Make a list of the different examples of links to search results that
you use in the guide, similar to the links included in the section Linking to Search Results. It's easier to
copy a link than to create a link. There are a lot of examples and you may forget how to
Encourage your colleagues and friends to review your guide to find
typos and mistakes and make suggestions for improving its readability
and accuracy. Create an acknowledgments page with the names of the
people who were helpful to you.
Get novices to check whether your guide is understandable to new
Google users. If they don't follow what you say, others probably
Publicize your guide. Issue a press release, mention
it on your websites, tell libraries and other Google oriented sites
For Google tips, tricks, & how Google works, visit
Google Guide at classic.GoogleGuide.com.|
By Nancy Blachman and Jerry Peek who aren't Google employees. For
permission to copy
& create derivative works, visit
Google Guide's Creative Commons License webpage.