Translation Technology

Learn about the latest technologies used in performing translation and what to watch out for.

  • Localization Tools Are Only As Good As Their Users

    In all industries, including the localization and translation industry, new tools are continuously designed and sold to streamline the key processes used in the business. The overall goals of these tools center on improving efficiency, saving time and reducing cost.

  • Translation Collaboration Portal

    Translation CollaborationWith the advent of the internet and Web2.0 technologies, collaboration portals are put to use in all industries, including translation and localization. Exactly a year ago, GlobalVision released the industry’s first online collaboration portal to handle translation and localization queries between all translation and localization projects’ stakeholders.

  • Statistical Machine Translation for All

    In the 80s, I worked for a large European chip manufacturer who at that time was marketing a new technology in video chips. They architected a solid state CCD (Charge Coupled Device) relying on the Frame Transfer (FT) technology to compete with the common Interline Transfer technology adopted by most Japanese video camera manufacturers.

  • Quality Translation Dictates Collaboration

    Quality translation collaborationSome in our industry argue that an in-country proof is not needed after the translation of a product is completed. I can’t disagree more, particularly when new products, staff or relationships are being established. In-country staff possess a wealth of information about the local market and the way products are intended to be used there. They cannot be factored out of the translation or localization process.

  • Translation & Localization in 2008 and Beyond

    While the focus in ’08 was on major events like the U.S. presidential elections, energy prices, the economic turmoil and the crash of worldwide stock markets, in the localization industry the usual clamoring was going on.

  • Innovation in Localization?

    Innovation in TranslationA call on globalwatchtower.com on Oct 28, 2008 titled “Innovative LSP Where Art Thou” went out in the translation and localization industry requesting from language service providers (LSPs) to participate in a report to profile some of the more creative and innovative suppliers. Only three suppliers responded with mediocre answers.

  • Terminology Management Takes the Lead

    In our previous blog, we discussed the survey that we preformed at this year’s STC conference. Here are the remaining results of the survey. We asked technical communicators to rank the significance of different technologies in localization (N/A if not applicable or unknown): Web 2.0 Technologies, Online Collaboration, Crowdsourcing, Translation Memory, Machine Translation, Wikis, Terminology Management and Query Management.

  • Single-Sourcing Documents Is In

    STC 2008 GlobalVisionTechnical communicators have influenced the localization industry for many years. The tools they adopt and the processes they follow impact what we do for localization. For instance, in the 90s they adopted RoboHelp and FrameMaker for online help and manuals. Then in the early 2000s some migrated to FrameMaker and Webworks Publisher in an attempt to use only a single-source. Recently they transitioned over to using FrameMaker, Flare, X-Metal and AuthorIT in structured XML authoring mode. The localization industry has had to pay attention to their moves and adopt the tools and processes they adopted to deliver files in all the languages and formats they required.

  • Translation Management Systems Benefits

    Translation Management Systems (TMS)Translation Management Systems (TMS) are designed to host and facilitate localization and translation projects for all stakeholders– clients, translators, localizers, vendors and partners. They give users secure 24/7 access to project information and assets via a simple web browser and preferably require no software or administrative tasks from its users.