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We now accept translation jobs in Bitcoin!

Starting on December 2014 we have decided to add Bitcoin as a payment option for our clients and translators.

We are proud to be the first company in Spain to accept the innovative cryptocurrency.
We also plan to add support for further cryptocurrencies in the future. Bitcoin payments are a fit for global translation services, further simplifying payment processes in many situations.


Translation of Public Tenders

A substantial part of the world’s economy includes government procurement. Government Procurement involves the acquisition of goods or services for a public agency. To ensure fair play, (i.e. no unfair advantages, corruption, fraud, or bribery), government procurements publish public tenders. A tender is, in essence, a type of auction, where bidders compete to obtain business, (such as projects, service contracts, or supplies), by submitting proposals that offer competitive prices and quality ideas.

For example, if a government wants to start a construction project (a building, hospital, etc…), they may put it out to tender; that is, the government can announce an invitation for other businesses or agencies to write a proposal for the contract for a construction project. A team will evaluate the proposals of the tenderers and determine a “winner”.

Tendering may follow a double envelope system. This is where each tenderer submits one envelope enclosing the technical proposal, followed by a second envelope with the financial proposal for the contract in question. The purpose of this system is that the evaluation team is not dissuaded by the financial proposal and the bidder is assessed by its ability to meet the requirements and the technical qualities of the project. There can be tenders that are open to all vendors who can guarantee performance, aptly named open tenders; and those that are “invitation only”, where only select, pre-qualified contractors, or restricted tenderers, can submit their bids. They are restricted due to a number of reasons, some of which include: extricating tenderers that cannot perform the task, there is only one supplier that is suitable to the project, confidentiality issues, etc.

All these steps, from establishing a project, to issuing a public tender, to procuring the contracts – and everything in between – require a substantial amount of conceptual information, paperwork, and communication. Procurement is often linked with tenders from foreign issuers, or cross-border tendering. If, for example, there is a tender issued for a project in France, and companies in the US, UK, Germany, etc. want to bid on that tender, all proposals and documentation would need to be translated into the language where the project of the tender is planning to be developed – in this example, French would be the target language.  Translations break down the language barriers between nations, so that the country placing the tender can choose a proposal from a wider range of companies.

Entrusting the translation of procurements and tenders to a Language Services Provider or a Translation Agency can greatly facilitate the process of procurements. An agency has at its disposal the tools necessary to handle the translation of high volumes of documentation. Within the agency, a qualified project manager is assigned to these types of projects and delegates a team of experienced professional translators and revisers. This procedure helps to open communications between the bidders and those issuing the procurement, and expands the range of tenders to a global scale.

For more information on our Tender Translation Services, please send us an e-mail or visit our website.


Basic Multilingual Website Tutorial

Websites can attract a lot more visitors if they are properly localized (translated). You have the original content and the translations; but, the website still needs to be programmed. Here, in a couple of steps we will see how to do that:

Website programming

STEP 0: Requirements

You will need:

  • To find your password and username for your FTP accounts
  • To have a server that can parse PHP files (most of them do, ex: Apache, IIS)
  • Basic HTML knowledge, you can learn a little here if you need to: http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp

STEP 1: The files

Make sure you have access to your website files. You will need to download them from your server using FTP/SFTP if they are already created.

If you do not know how to access your files using FTP, you will have to download a program in order to do so:

Choose your operating system and download: https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

You will need:

  • Your password
  • Your username
  • Port: 21 (usually) or 22 (for SFTP)
  • Server address: your website address

STEP 2: The language selector

If you have an header or footer file you can add this code here, otherwise you will need to add it to every page or create a header or footer file. We are going to add a basic language selector in html with some Javascript in it:

The code

<form>
<select onchange=”window.location.href= this.form.URL.options[this.form.URL.selectedIndex].value” name=”URL”>
<option>Select language</option>
<option value=”mypage1.php?lan=EN”>English</option>
<option value=”mypage1.php?lan=ES”>Español</option>
<option value=”mypage1.php?lan=FR”>Français</option>
</select>
</form>

As you can see, we are not creating new pages for each language, we are just going to switch the content, but leave everything else the same.

What does this code mean?

  • <option value=”mypage1.php?lan=EN”>English</option> This is the option that gets selected, this symbol –>?<– indicates that the current content language (lan) is going to be in english (EN) or french (FR) or spanish (ES). Just add more options (  <option value=”mypage1.php?lan=XX”>My language</option>) if you need to add more languages.
  •  <select onchange=”window.location.href= this.form.URL.options[this.form.URL.selectedIndex].value” name=”URL”> This means that when the “select” is clicked on, it is going to redirect to this same page (window.location.href) –> This is telling it where to go and this –> this.form.URL.selectedIndex].value is just extracting the language code (EN) or (FR). After it gets the code it redirects to the same page with the diferent language code.

STEP 3: Preparing the content

Now that we have our selector we need our content. For simplicity, we are going to create a file for each language. Each file will have all the text and content for that language.

  • For example, we are going to create three files called (lan_en.php), (lan_es.php) and (lan_fr.php) and place them inside a folder called (_incl) in the same directory as our index file.
  • Then again, in each file you will need to add this:

The code

<?php

require(‘_incl/lan_en.php’);
require(‘_incl/lan_es.php’);
require(‘_incl/lan_fr.php’);

?>

What does this code mean?

  • require(‘_incl/lan_en.php’):We are loading the file called lan_en.php located in _incl/lan_en.php.
  • <?php: We are adding a php code to the html page, and ?> is where the php code ends

Step 4: Create the content files

Once we have created our language content files we are going to start adding text and content.

The code

The english content file (lan_en.php):

<?php

//Content common to all pages
$TEXT_EN[‘services’] = ‘services';

//Index content
$TEXT_EN[‘our website’] = ‘Our website';

//Page1 content
$TEXT_EN[‘about’] = ‘About';

?>

The spanish content file (lan_es.php):

<?php

//Content common to all pages
$TEXT_ES[‘services’] = ‘servicios';

//Index content
$TEXT_ES[‘our website’] = ‘Nuestra página';

//Page1 content
$TEXT_ES[‘about’] = ‘Acerca de';

?>

What does this code mean?

  • We are replacing the actual text of the page with a variable.
  • Each language has a variable ($TEXT_ES, $TEXT_EN), so they can be easily located.
  • Variables are identified by the dollar $ sign in front of them
  • We are creating an array, in which we are going to put all content. More information about arrays: http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_arrays.asp
  • To add more content just add another line with the variable, description and content: $TEXT_ES[‘Content description’] = ‘content';
  • The content description is an array index, so it does not change between languages only the content and the variable do.

Step 5: What is the current language?

So, we have our files and part of the code, we will need to find our which content we are going to show. In order to do that we have to know what language what selected by the user. We will:

  • Add a piece of code that extracts that information
  • Prepare the content variables

The code

<?php

$lan = isset($_GET[‘lan’]) ? $_GET[‘lan’] : ‘ES';
switch ($lan) {
case ‘ES':
$TEXT = $TEXT_ES;
break;
case ‘EN':
$TEXT = $TEXT_EN;
break;
case ‘FR':
$TEXT = $TEXT_FR;
break;
case ‘DE':
$TEXT = $TEXT_DE;
break;
}

?>

What does this code mean?

  • $lan = isset($_GET[‘lan’]) ? $_GET[‘lan’] : ‘EN'; Extract the language code, if there isn’t any, assume it is the default one (EN) (English) and save it to a variable called “lan”.
  • case ‘ES': $TEXT = $TEXT_ES; … This is just normalizing variable names for step 6, if you add languages you need to add a “case” too. For more info about cases: http://www.w3schools.com/php/php_switch.asp

Step 6: Add variables and we are done!

Finally, replace your text (inside your html/php/asp… file) with the variables we just created:

The code before example

<section>
<h2>Services</h2>
<p>Our website</p>

</section>

The code after example

<section>
<h2><?php echo($TEXT[‘services’]); ?></h2>
<p><?php echo($TEXT[‘Our website’]); ?></p>

</section>

I hope this tutorial was useful and that you will achieve your desired results.

We offer discounts for website programming when translations are done with us.