– Bilingual extraction already carried out
The complex task of extracting the language pairs from the gigantic (2.2 GB) IATE termbase is already carried out, so you don’t have to wrestle with exotic text editors or third party extraction tools like Xbench.
Depending on the language pair(s) ordered, you will get files with up to 800 000 cleaned-up term pairs, rid of html-codes, synonyms properly handled in function of the intended CAT-tool, These files can be imported into your CAT-tool in a breeze, using supplied templates where necessary.
– Up to 6 different output files in the file set for one CAT-tool, Domain code grouping for large file sets
The output of the extraction process is split into up to 6 different files, as follows:
- Terms in the source language having up to 3 words are separated into multiple outputs, destined for the creation of multiple term bases, giving you the possibility of excluding them from your general termbase and adding them to dedicated termbases, to be used with increased penalties or other selection criteria, depending on the capabilities of your CAT-tool:
- Abbreviations and acronyms (characterized either by consisting of one word only using CAPITALS, or having the term property “abbreviation” in the IATE termbase; there may be duplicates of these terms in some of the other files, depending on the letter count)
- Terms consisting of 1 character only
- Terms consisting of 2 characters only
- Terms consisting of 3 characters only
- All terms in the source language up to 3 words, not belonging to one of the above classes will be destined for your general termbase
- All terms in the source language having more than 3 words are output in a file(set) destined for the creation of a translation memory, rather than the creation of a termbase.
Note that it is not advisable to use the bilingual termbases in ‘reverse’, i.e. using the target terms as source terms and vice versa, as the separation into different files based on character- and word counts has been carried out on the basis of a count in the source language only!
– Synonyms handled in a consistent and complete way
The synonyms, coded in the IATE termbase in at least 4 different ways, are automatically identified and, depending on the target termbase (SDL MultiTerm, CafeTran, DVX or other) presented in groups or individually.
– html-tags and formatting strings removed
These tags and strings may be useful in a terminology tool but have nothing lost in a termbase destined to be used in a pure translation environment. The IATE termbase contains many hundred thousands of them (in .xml format) that hinder using the terms in a CAT-tool; besides, many of them have a wrong systax and/or miss their pairing tag. These tags all begin with the ampersand “&”, but the ampersand (as well as the “<” and “>” characters are sometimes used by itself in the terms, so handling them in a correct way is better left to a program.
– Context information moved from term to separate property
The context information, sometimes located in the text record between square brackets, is moved to a separate property, so it does not hinder finding a match for the word when it occurs in the text to be translated.
– Numerical Subject property converted into meaningful text
The numerical codes can be converted according to a table found on the IATE website – however, there is no one-to-one correspondence and also some codes are not defined; the correspondence is manually corrected in the extraction program and a readable property is added in the termbase output files. When you look up the term in your Termbase program, you can find the property there as an understandable text, if it has been defined at all.
– Obvious errors in the IATE termbase corrected
The IATE termbase contains some errors like texts not being in UTF-8 coding, sometimes Greek characters used in clearly Dutch entries – can you see the difference between a latin “H” (LATIN CAPITAL LETTER H) and a greek “Η” (GREEK CAPITAL LETTER ETA)? But your CAT program can see the difference and will not find a match.
– Simple filling of your termbase
All files in the fileset prepared by me are aimed at simplifying the process of bilingual termbase creation. Therefore, when a termbase template can help simplifying that process, the template is delivered as well (Now for SDL MultiTerm, memoQ TM and DVX2/3 TB).