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

Target text (TT)

The target text is the result of a translation. When text is submitted for translation, it is referred to in technical language as the source text. The language in which the text is written is called the source language. Since different target languages have different grammatical structures and word lengths, the length of the target text can sometimes differ significantly from the length of the source text.

See also: Source language, Source text, Target language

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