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


When translating a piece of text, any earlier translations written for the same client are automatically suggested to a translator by the CAT tool. This ensures that a company’s specific terms are always used consistently. Even when different translators are involved. Plus, repetitions and matches generally cost less for the customer, as they require less manual intervention by the translator.

A 100% match is when exactly the same segment has already occurred in a previous text.

A context match is when a 100% match where the context (i.e. surrounding content) is also the same.

A fuzzy match is when segments don’t exactly match a previously translated segment. Fuzzy matches are automatically assigned a match rate, expressed as percentages, depending on the degree of similarity.

See also: Analysis, CAT tool, Fuzzy matches

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