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

CAT tool

A CAT tool (computer-aided translation tool) is translation software for computer-aided translation, which automates certain steps of the translation process from one language to another. CAT tools help to increase translators’ speed and productivity. They also improve the quality of a translation by retrieving and reusing text segments that have already been translated, which saves time and ensures terms are translated consistently. In contrast to MT (see machine translation), CAT tools do not provide instantaneous translations, but support the human translator.

See also: Machine translation, Segment

Synonyms: Computer-aided translation tool, Computer-assisted translation tool
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