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

Editable files such as IDML, PPTX, DOCX etc. are also called open files. PDF files are not open files because they cannot be edited directly. PDFs can be converted, but the results can be unreliable, especially if sections of the document cannot be converted. Editable files are important in translation. A translator needs to receive your text in an editable format as this is more compatible with the translation tools that your language service provider uses.

Synonyms - Editable file, File in an editable format
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