Translation and Technical Communication
This chapter discusses translation from the point of view of technical communication and it will show that we need to consider scientific and technical translation as part of a much larger communicative environment which is based on the development and dissemination of scientific and technical information. This chapter will describe what technical communication is and you will discover what type of information is communicated and how it is presented in different texts. By the end of the chapter, you will have learned about the key features of typical technical texts and how they affect translation. You will also learn how the target audience is the most important variable when communicating technical information and you will learn useful strategies for understanding their needs.