Technical glossary

Technical glossary of translation terms

Technical glossary

Occasionally, you’ll come across some unfamiliar terms on the intercontact website or when talking to people in the localisation and translation industry. You’ll find many of these terms listed here with short explanations.

Technical glossary

Deep learning is a special method of information processing. Deep learning is a sub-area of machine learning and uses neural networks. Training methods that draw on and analyse large amounts of data are used to produce artificial intelligence. Based on existing information and the neural network, the system can repeatedly link what it has learned with new content and is constantly learning.

See also: Neural networks

Desktop publishing (abbreviation DTP, originally known as "publishing from the desktop") is the creation of documents using page layout software on a personal ("desktop") computer. This involves design, page layout, typography and typesetting in documents that contain text and images. Used for printed items, online content and all kinds of materials, it sometimes involves foreign language DTP.

See also: Foreign language DTP

Synonyms - Desk-top publishing, DTP

The international quality standard, DIN ISO 17100, specifies the requirements for all aspects of the translation process that affect the quality and provision of translation services. Staff competencies, core processes, resources (e.g. CAT tools) and information security are defined and adhered to by certified translation agencies.

Achieving this certification means a company is highly committed to meeting client and industry requirements.

You can purchase the DIN ISO 17100 standard at the following link:

See also: CAT tool

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