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Re: Yanmar 3GMD transmission oil confusion in manuals
The Ynglitch translation is the least of the problem. Good manuals of any kind require hiring a technical writer who is familiar with the field, and then having them spend several days or weeks with an engineer who really knows the product. Just to start. So, fine manuals become a matter of a week or two of skilled labor costs and many companies just won't pay that.
Then of course, hiring a translator, a native-language speaker who sometimes needs technical vocabulary as well...haha.
And indexing? No, really, that's where someone needs to spend more money on publishing software instead of just word processing, most of the time. Again, ain't gonna happen unless someone at that company perceives a need for that expense.
Case in point, consider Google. Try to find the manual for a Google Nexus5 smartphone. You can't! It doesn't exist. No index, no manual, not even a PDF file. If you really know how to use Google Search, you can find a web manual for the KitKat OS, but curiously enough, they have locked it out so it can't be printed.
One of the most cash-rich technical companies on the planet, and they can't even be bothered to write a simple manual for a simple product in their native language. Manuals cost money, good manuals cost more money. No one wants to spend it.