By Harold Somers
Bankruptcy 1; Introduction*; Harold Somers; UMIST, Manchester, England; 1. initial feedback; This booklet is, more often than not, and because the name indicates, approximately desktops and translators. it's not, notwithstanding, a working laptop or computer technological know-how booklet, nor does it have a lot to claim approximately Translation concept. quite it's a booklet for translators and different specialist linguists (technical writers, bilingual secretaries, language lecturers even), which goals at clarifying, explaining and exemplifying the effect that desktops have had and are having on their career. it's approximately desktop Translation (MT), however it is additionally approximately Computer-Aided (or -Assisted) Translation (CAT), computer-based assets for translators, the prior, current and way forward for translation and the pc. really, there's a fit dialogue within the box simply now in regards to the appropriateness or another way of phrases just like the ones simply used. the main frequent time period, "Machine Translation", is felt via many to be deceptive (who calls a working laptop or computer a "machine" those days?) and unhelpful. yet no great replacement has offered itself. phrases like "translation know-how" or "translation software program" are might be extra worthwhile in indicating that we're speaking approximately desktops, the latter time period emphasising that we're extra drawn to desktop courses than laptop as such. changing the note "translation" through anything like "translator's" is helping to take the point of interest clear of translation because the finish product and in the direction of translation as a process1 performed by means of a human (the translator) utilizing a number of instruments, between which we're attracted to in simple terms those who have anything to do with desktops. we are hoping that this booklet will express you ways the pc should help, and in doing so we are hoping to teach additionally what the pc can't do, and thereby reassure you that the pc, faraway from being a probability for your livelihood, can turn into a vital device so that it will make your activity more straightforward and extra fulfilling.
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In this section we will look at the typical commercial MT system and consider to what extent it can be used by a translator. The ªrst thing to notice is that, rightly or wrongly, commercial MT systems are designed primarily with use by non-linguists in mind. This is evident in the packaging, and in the wording of user manuals, like the following, regarding updating dictionary entries: Many users, still haunted by memories of grammar classes at school, will be daunted by this idea. But with T1 there’s really no need to worry.
On top of this there is the question of compatibility of diŸerent word-processing formats. All of these elements and more are subject to TMX agreements. 3 Aligning a parallel text The third, and technically most complex, alternative is to take an existing translation together with the original text and have the software build a TM database from it automatically. This involves alignment above all else, though as the previous paragraph indicated, once aligned there will be an amount of indexing and other database manipulations that need not concern us here.
Online version of Langenscheidt’s New College Dictionary (from the T1 Professional system). An important resource for translators is of course technical terminology. Online access to term banks was one of the earliest envisaged CAT tools, and with the growth of the Internet the focus nowadays is on licensed access to centrally maintained terminology rather than local copies, although there is obviously also a place in the translator’s workstation to allow translators to maintain their own lists of terminology in a variety of formats.