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How to Cut Localization Costs with Translation Technology

How to Cut Localization Costs with Translation Technology

What is translation technology?

Translation technologies are sets of software tools designed to process translation materials and help linguists in their everyday tasks. They are divided in three main subcategories:

Machine Translation (MT)

Translation tasks are performed by machines (computers) either on the basis of statistical models (MT engines execute translation tasks on the basis of accumulated translated materials) or neural models (MT engines are based on artificial intelligence). The computer-translated output is edited by professional human linguists through the process of postediting that may be more or less demanding depending on language combinations and the complexity of materials, as well as the volume of content.

Computer-Aided Translation (CAT)

Computer-aided or computer-assisted translation is performed by professional human translators who use specific CAT or productivity software tools to optimize their process and increase their output.

Providing a perfect combination of technological advantages and human expertise, CAT software packages are the staple tools of the language industry. CAT tools are essentially advanced text editors that break the source content into segments, and split the screen into source and target fields which in and of itself makes the translator’s job easier. However, they also include an array of advanced features that enable the optimization of the translation/localization process, enhance the quality of output and save time and resources. For this reason, they are also called productivity tools.

Figure 1 – CAT software in use

The most important features of productivity tools include:

  • Translation Asset Management
  • Advanced grammar and spell checkers
  • Advanced source and target text search
  • Concordance search.

Standard CAT tools include Across Language ServerSDL Trados StudioSDL GroupShare, SDL PassolomemoQMemsource CloudWordfastTranslation Workspace and others, and they come both in forms of installed software and cloud solutions.

Quality Assurance (QA)

Quality assurance tools are used for various quality control checks during and after the translation/localization process. These tools use sophisticated algorithms to check spelling, consistency, general and project-specific style, code and layout integrity and more.

All productivity tools have built-in QA features, but there are also dedicated quality assurance tools such as Xbench and Verifika QA.

What is a translation asset?

We all know that information has value and the same holds true for translated information. This is why previously translated/localized and edited textual elements in a specific language pair are regarded as translation assets in the language industry – once translated/localized and approved, textual elements do not need to be translated again and no additional resources are spent. These elements that are created, managed and used with productivity tools include:

Translation Memories (TM)

Translation memories are segmented databases containing previously translated elements in a specific language pair that can be reused and recycled in further projects. Productivity software calculates the percentage of similarity between the new content for translation/localization and the existing segments that were previously translated, edited and proofread, and the linguist team is able to access this information, use it and adapt it where necessary. This percentage has a direct impact on costs associated with a translation/localization project and the time required for project completion, as the matching segments cost less and require less time for processing.

Figure 2 – Translation memory in use (aligned sample from English to German)

Translation memories are usually developed during the initial stages of a translation/localization project and they grow over time, progressively cutting localization costs and reducing the time required for project completion. However, translation memories require regular maintenance, i.e. cleaning for this very reason, as the original content may change and new terminology may be adopted.

In case when an approved translation of a document exists, but it was performed without productivity tools, translation memories can be produced through the process of alignment:

Figure 3 – Document alignment example

Source and target documents are broken into segments that are subsequently matched to produce a TM file that can be used for a project.

Termbases (TB)

Termbases or terminology bases (TB) are databases containing translations of specific terms in a specific language pair that provide assistance to the linguist team and assure lexical consistency throughout projects.

Termbases can be developed before the project, when specific terminology translations have been confirmed by all stakeholders (client, content producer, linguist), or during the project, as the terms are defined. They are particularly useful in the localization of medical devices, technical materials and software.

Glossaries

Unlike termbases, glossaries are monolingual documents explaining specific terminology in either source or target language. They provide further context to linguists and can be used for the development of terminology bases.

Benefits of Translation Technology

The primary purpose of all translation technology is the optimization and unification of the translation/localization process, as well as providing the technological infrastructure that facilitates work and full utilization of the expertise of professional human translators.

As we have already seen, translation memories, once developed, provide immediate price reduction (that varies depending on the source materials and the amount of matching segments, but may run up to 20% in the initial stages and it may only grow over time), but the long-term, more subtle benefits of the smart integration of translation technology are the ones that really make a difference and they include:

Human Knowledge with Digital Infrastructure

While it has a limited application, machine translation still does not yield satisfactory results that can be used for commercial purposes. All machine translations need to be postedited by professional linguists and this process is known to take more time and resources instead of less.

On the other hand, translation performed in productivity tools is performed by people, translation assets are checked and approved by people, specific terminology is developed in collaboration with the client, content producers, marketing managers, subject-field experts and all other stakeholders, eventually providing a perfect combination of human expertise, feel and creativity, and technological solutions.

Time Saving

Professional human linguists are able to produce more in less time. Productivity software, TMs, TBs and glossaries all reduce the valuable hours of research and translation, and enable linguists to perform their tasks in a timely manner, with technological infrastructure acting as a stylistic and lexical guide.

This eventually enables the timely release of a localized product/service, with all the necessary quality checks performed.

Consistent Quality Control

The use of translation technology itself represents real-time quality control, as linguists rely on previously proofread and quality-checked elements, and maintain the established style, terminology and quality used in previous translations.

Brand Message Consistency

Translation assets enable the consistent use of a particular tonestyle and intent of the brand in all translation/localization projects. This means that the specific features of a corporate message for a particular market/target group will remain intact even if the linguist team changes on future projects.

Code / Layout Integrity Preservation

Translation technology enables the preservation of features of the original content across translated/localized versions, regardless of whether the materials are intended for printing or online publishing.

Different solutions are developed for different purposes. For example, advanced cloud-based solutions for the localization of WordPress-powered websites enable full preservation of codes and other technical elements, save a lot of time and effort in advance and optimize complex multilingual localization projects.

Wrap-up

In a larger scheme of things, all these benefits eventually spell long-term cost/time savings and a leaner translation/localization process due to their preventive functions that, in addition to direct price reduction, provide consistencyquality control and preservation of the integrity of source materials.

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Wordfast Releases Wordfast Pro 5.4 and Wordfast Anywhere 5.0

Wordfast Releases Wordfast Pro 5.4 and Wordfast Anywhere 5.0

Wordfast today released version 5.4 of its platform independent desktop tool, Wordfast Pro. Notable features and improvements include Adaptive Transcheck, a new Segment Changes report format, a new feedback proxy tool, and the ability to connect to Wordfast Anywhere TMs and glossaries. This latest feature puts the power of server-based TMs and glossaries into the hands of desktop users for free.

Wordfast also recently released Wordfast Anywhere 5.0 which includes a localized user interface (UI) in French and Spanish. The UI is ready to be translated to other languages with a collaborative translation page accessible through a user’s profile.

Wordfast will be showcasing the interconnectivity of Wordfast Pro and Wordfast Anywhere during its 4th annual user conference – Wordfast Forward – to take place on June 1-2, 2018 in Cascais, Portugal. For more details about the program, please see the dedicated conference page.

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LingoHub: Mobile App Translation

LingoHub: Mobile App Translation

Lingohub offers one platform for developers and translators for software localization. With economical pricing plans and the option of trying the platform for free, Lingohub makes it easy to localize mobile or web application with seamless integration into the development process. Here is a quick tutorial on how to use Lingohub for mobile app translations.

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Heartsome TM Editor… is now FREE

Heartsome TM Editor… is now FREE

Are you looking for a good Translation Memory editor, and free of charge? You need to perform TM maintenance tasks, including editing large TMX files, clean translation memories in batches, cleaning tags in translation memories, and Quality Assurance of translation memories. You prefer a cross-platform application working on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Heartsome TMX Editor can be your good choice.

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AmaGama Translation Memory Server

AmaGama Translation Memory Server

What is amaGama? Well, it is a Zulu word that means “words“. Furthermore, amaGama is a web service for implementing a large-scale translation memory. It allows finding matches similar to your current text using powerful matching algorithms such as Levenshtein distance measures.

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Translate SDLXLIFF Files using translate5

Translate SDLXLIFF Files using translate5

translate5 is a browser-based OpenSource system for editing and analysing translations. In translate5, users can edit, comment, filter, and sort translations. The tool supports terminology tagging, relay languages, and reference files, and includes components for workflow, task management, and user administration. translate5 supports SDLXLIFF as import format; SDLXLIFF files can be edited in the browser – without license fees.

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Opening Trados 2007 TMW Translation Memories in Trados Studio or Other Tools

Opening Trados 2007 TMW Translation Memories in Trados Studio or Other Tools

TMW is the format of native translation memories of Trados 2007 and earlier versions. You may receive TMW translation memories (actually five files: *.iix, *.mdf, *.mtf, *.mwf, and *.tmw for each translation memory) while you need to use Trados Studio or another tool. Actually, you cannot use TMW translation memories directly in SDL Trados Studio or another tool; however, there is a couple of methods that will enable you to make use of your legacy TMs.

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Document Cleaner: Get Rid of Too Many Tags

Document Cleaner: Get Rid of Too Many Tags

When you open a document in a CAT tool (e.g. memoQ, Trados, Wordfast, etc.), you might notice too many tags in some segments; such files are usually converted from PDF sources. Incorrect formatting causes many problems in translation, especially if translation is done using CAT tools, creating excessive tags, which makes it hard to translate the text. There are a few methods to safely remove as many of these unnecessary tags as possible while retaining formatting and layout.

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Translation of Visio Files Using SDL Trados Studio

Translation of Visio Files Using SDL Trados Studio

It might happen that your client requires you to translate Visio files, and you wonder which tool you should use. If you have received a VSD file, ask your client to save it as XML Drawing (*.vdx). Several Translation Environment Tools (TEnTs, a.k.a. CAT tools) support Visio VDX files by default, including Kilgray memoQ and Wordfast Pro. Still, you might be required to use SDL Trados Studio and you do not want to purchase a plugin for hundreds of dollars. Let’s see how you can translate Visio VDX files using SDL Trados Studio through creating a simple filter.

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Automatically Save and Recover Files

Automatically Save and Recover Files

Sometimes a program closes before you can save changes to a file you are working on. Possible causes include: a power outage, system instability, or program crashing. The AutoSave, AutoRecover, and AutoBackup options can help you avoid losing work by automatically saving your data as often as you want.

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