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Use of Machine Translation (MT) to Enable National Language Support (NLS) for Documentation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014701D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The invention is the utilization of Machine Translation (MT) technology to enable National Language Support (NLS) for documentation. Currently, the documentation must be translated by a human translator, either with or without the assistance of MT or Translation Memory, into each language that a product must support. This is both costly and time consuming. The MT utilization solution allows the documentation to be written in only one language (such as English) and then translated using MT into the other necessary languages at various times: prior to shipping, on the fly one language at a time, or on the fly one file at a time. Prior to Shipping

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  Use of Machine Translation (MT) to Enable National Language Support (NLS) for Documentation

   The invention is the utilization of Machine Translation (MT) technology to enable National Language Support (NLS) for documentation.

Currently, the documentation must be translated by a human translator, either with or without the assistance of MT or Translation Memory, into each language that a product must support. This is both costly and time consuming.

The MT utilization solution allows the documentation to be written in only one language (such as English) and then translated using MT into the other necessary languages at various times: prior to shipping, on the fly - one language at a time, or on the fly - one file at a time.

Prior to Shipping ------------------------

The MT engines are used to translate the documentation into each of the required languages prior to shipping the documentation. All of the different copies of the documentation are then shipped with the product (in some cases, the documentation may actually be the product). This varies from the current NLS enablement process only in that MT is used to translate the documentation instead of a human translator.

On the Fly - One Language at a Time ------------------------------------------------------

The application whose documentation needs to be NLS enabled, is shipped in one language (such as English) along with the necessary MT engines. When the documentation is launched from the application, the application determines...