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Old 07-21-2008, 02:25 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Bo Aakerstrom View Post
No, not how large the universe is, but rather how much space different languages require, comparatively speaking.

I've just finished an advert in Polish, translated from English and it was a bit of a struggle to get it all to fit, keeping to the initial layout. Having some idea of how much more space is required would be great when it comes to discussing with the client. In the end they were very happy but I spent more time than should have been needed on the job.

I wonder if there is any resource that I could utilise.
Well, I've always heard and my experience holds that typeset Spanish takes up about 30% and French 25-30% more space than English. I've set other languages, too (just a few lines here and there on product packaging), but Spanish (#1) and French have made up the bulk of my foreign language typesetting.

And here's something sort of interesting I just spotted of multiple language publishing in the education world, as well as another (a PDF) discussing closed captioning for wordy languages.

(Had to post this more than once and put the links in the clear, because the forum software refused to let me post it otherwise. Weird.)

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