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What makes a good conference? If you ask me, the answer is: purpose, people and program. As simple as that. Let’s start with ‘purpose’: you have to have a good reason to make people travel from all over the world to a single location and have them spend a few days of their precious time together. As Eric Liu, General Manager of Alibaba Language Services, said in his keynote at the TAUS Annual Conference in Portland last week: it all starts with a mission - “Preparing for a future that is without language barriers”. The same goes for TAUS and the...
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The amount of time and money you spend on quality management easily constitutes 20% of the total translation time and costs. A large part of this percentage consists of translation review (or quality review). You can reduce translation review time by streamlining the review process. In this post, we’ve listed 5 ways to do this.   1. Embrace a dynamic approach Implement a translation management system in which different content profiles automatically go through different translation or review cycles and with different error tolerance thresholds. When profiling content you need to take into consideration the expected quality (good enough vs. high...
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During the TAUS Annual Conference 2016 in October, Eric Bailey, Group Engineering Manager for the Global Service and Experiences team within Office at Microsoft, will host the session 'To Share Or Not To Share'? This blog post is written in preparation for this session and as background for our pre-conference survey.   CLICK HERE TO FILL IN THE SURVEY   In the general scheme of things, the localization industry is relatively small, the challenges associated with the process of localization are well understood and consistent, regardless of which companies are involved. While there are a couple of possible exceptions, most of us...
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Nowadays, in one way or another, machine translation (MT) is part of our everyday lives. Most likely Google made that happen, about a decade ago, by launching Google Translate, a free instant online general-purpose translator allowing users to translate any text (words, phrases, documents, web pages) in different language directions. Although the translations of general-purpose MT systems (as opposed to more specialized, domain-specific ones) may not always be of good quality (especially when morphologically rich languages or ideographic ones are involved), users still have the opportunity to get (for free) the gist of a text or a web page written in...
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In the past few years, the translation industry has burst with new tools, platforms, and solutions. In fact, almost every week we hear of new tools or solutions that promise to improve translations in many ways. We’ve seen that translation and, in particular, translation technology have become a very interesting and dynamic sector for innovators from both inside and outside the industry. Of course, there is a strong demand for translations of any kind. Globalization of trade, social media, news and politics expose not only businesses but also consumers, governments, and NGOs to audiences speaking in many different tongues and...
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