Myriam Siftar, president of MTM LinguaSoft, recently returned from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she presented a workshop at the Practical Conference on Communication hosted by the Eastern Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication on October 10 and 11. Siftar’s workshop, “Technical Writing with Translation in Mind,” was designed to familiarize technical writers with the translation process and give them tips for preparing materials that would help save time and money during translation.

Siftar’s proposal was received enthusiastically by conference organizers and attendees. Translation issues have become a major concern for technical writers, whose clients are more often reusing their training, marketing and informational materials in foreign markets or for domestic, non-English-speaking audiences. In the current economic client, MTM has seen a growing demand for translation and localization of all kinds of technical materials from user manuals to e-learning applications. The response to Siftar’s workshop is another sign that demand for technical translation is likely to continue to increase.