Technical Communication:
Writing for an International Audience (Read Me First! 8)


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This quiz is based on Read Me First! A Style Guide for the Computer Industry by Sun Technical Publications, 3rd ed.

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  1. If you revise a book originally written for United States readers so that all the spellings, word choices, and cultural references are specific to Canadian readers, what are you doing?
    Internationalizing the book
    Localizing the book

  2. If you revise a book originally written for United States readers so that none of the word choices or cultural references are confusing or offensive to international readers, what are you doing?
    Internationalizing the book
    Localizing the book

  3. Which of the following is true?
    Product documentation written in English is always translated when shipped with products to international customers.
    Product documentation written in English is sometimes translated when shipped with products to international customers.
    Product documentation written in English is never translated when shipped with products to international customers.

  4. Up to how much does English text expand when it is translated to another language?
    10%
    25%
    50%

  5. Which of the following excerpts manages to stay culturally neutral?
    Your web page is not ready for prime time until you have checked it against ADA requirements.
    Your web page is not ready for publication on the World Wide Web until you have checked it against ADA requirements.
    Your web page is not ready for publication on the World Wide Web until you have checked it against requirements for people with disabilities.
    Your web page is not ready for prime time until you have checked it against requirements for people with disabilities.

  6. Which of the following excerpts manages to stay culturally neutral?
    Strange e-mail containing an attached file should raise a red flag in your mind.
    Strange e-mail containing an attached file should set off an SOS in your mind.
    Strange e-mail containing an attached file should warn you of a possible attack on your computer.
    Strange e-mail containing an attached file should alert you to something considerably worse than a Halloween prank.

  7. Which of the following excerpts manages to stay culturally neutral?
    Employees should be aware that surfing the Web during working hours is grounds for immediate dismissal.
    Employees should be aware that exploring the Web for non-business reasons during working hours is grounds for immediate dismissal.
    Employees should be aware that exploring the Web for non-business reasons during working hours will result in a pink slip.
    Employees should be aware that surfing the Web during working hours will result in a pink slip.

  8. What's the problem with acronyms for international readers?
    Some languages do not use acronyms.
    English acronyms are based on English words; translated versions may not have the same initial letters.
    Acronyms are more difficult for people in non-Western cultures to understand, and they are problematic for translators.
    Acronyms are offensive to some cultures because they indicate morally reprehensible entities to the people of those cultures.

  9. When writing with international audiences in mind, should you use humor, irony, or contractions?
    Do not use humor, irony, or contractions.
    Do not use humor or irony; contractions are acceptable if guidelines in this book are followed.
    Do not use contractions; humor and irony are acceptable.
    Humor, irony, and contractions are all acceptable if guidelines in this book are followed.

  10. Which of the following excludes all passive-voice constructions?
    In order to estimate company sales, industry expectations should first be looked at because the sales of an individual company are reflected by them.
    In order to estimate company sales, first look at industry expectations because the sales of an individual company are reflected by them.
    In order to estimate company sales, industry expectations should first be looked at because they reflect the sales of an individual company.
    In order to estimate company sales, first look at industry expectations because they reflect the sales of an individual company.

  11. Which of the following avoids potential problems involving excessive compound modifiers?
    Small-scale, internal-use heat recovery from incinerator plant-genertated waste is fairly common in the United States.
    Recovering heat from small-scale, internal-use incinerator plants is fairly common in the United States.
    Heat recovery from small, internal incinerator plants is fairly common in the United States.
    Heat recovery from small-scale, internal-use incinerator plants is fairly common in the United States.
    Small-scale, internal-use incinerator plant waste heat recovery is fairly common in the United States.

  12. Which of the following sentences misuses the word "may"?
    After you have installed the print driver, you may print a test page.
    The default print driver may not work properly for your printer.
    If you use a generic print driver with this printer, you may receive unexpected results.

  13. Which of the following does not contain an unacceptably large noun cluster?
    A voltage regulator can be defined as a device that maintains a constant output voltage value.
    A voltage regulator can be defined as a device for constant output voltage value maintenance.
    A voltage regulator can be defined as a device that maintains constant voltage.
    A voltage regulator can be defined as a constant output voltage value maintenance device.

  14. What's the problem with "billion" and "trillion"?
    They represent different values in different countries.
    They are untranslatable for some languages.
    Some cultures conceptually do not have numbers that large.

  15. What's the problem with symbols like ' (feet), " (inches), # (number sign), & (ampersand), and / (slash)?
    They have different meanings or no meaning at all in many countries outside the U. S.
    Many countries outside the U. S. use the metric system exclusively.
    Some languages do not allow for the use of symbols like these.

  16. Which of the following best defines "callout"?
    The figure number and title, which are placed below the figure.
    Definitions of color, line styles, or shading used in meaningful ways in a chart or diagram.
    Words that are italicized or bolded in regular text for emphasis.
    Text that identifies a portion of an illustration.

  17. Which of the following is a problem with callout text when translated?
    Too many callouts can lead to overly busy, distracting text that is uncomfortable to read.
    Text of callouts can expand as much as 25% when translated.
    Some callout text cannot be translated into other languages at all.
    Because callout text is bit-mapped in graphics, it cannot be edited.

  18. Which of the following correctly defines internationalization and localization?
    Internationalization is the process of creating documents that can be used internationally and that can easily be translated; localization is the process of ensuring that documents can be used in a specific language or culture.
    Localization is the process of creating documents that can be used internationally and that can easily be translated; internationalization is the process of ensuring that documents can be used in a specific language or culture.



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