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

Translation Memory

A translation memory is software that automatically records units of source text, and their translations, for future reuse. To do so, the software divides the source text into segments. The match does not have to be 100%. If the text is similar, it is suggested to the translator, who then decides whether to adopt or modify the text.

Learn more about: Translation Memories

See also: Fuzzy matches, Matches, Segment, Source text, Translation memory tool

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