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

The fashion term base is a terminology database from intercontact translations that only contains specialist terms from the field of fashion. It helps ensure the consistent use of individual terms. Fashion-specific terms, explanations and comments are stored in such a way that all translators have simultaneous access to the terms during a translation. This ensures that fashion terminology is used consistently and that customer requirements are implemented globally.

See also: Termbase

This is desktop publishing (DTP) for layouts that incorporate different languages. In foreign language DTP, country-specific characters, sentences and syllable separations are adapted. Each language has different word and letter lengths, which are taken into account along with special characters, accents and word separations. The layout is adapted to the individual languages accordingly.

See also: Desktop publishing

Synonyms - Multilingual DTP, multilingual typesetting, foreign language typesetting

In a translation agency, a piece of text to be translated is read into a CAT tool. The text content is compared with the contents in the translation memory. The program searches for translation memory segments that share something in common with the segments already stored. If the new segment is exactly the same as the stored one, this is called a 100% match.

Any matches below 100% are called fuzzy matches. The cost of a translation varies depending on how much new material there is. Repetitions and matches generally cost less for the customer, as they require less manual intervention in the translation.

See also: CAT tool, Fuzzy matches, Matches, Segment, Translation memory

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