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Language Translation Paper Gateway

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022446D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 6K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Language Translation Paper Gateway

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Language Translation Paper Gateway

Main Idea

This publication pertains to office devices that handle paper such as copiers, fax machines, scanners, printers, etc, which are stand-alone or integrated into a single device for multifunctionality. Language translation function is integrated with these common devices to transform an input document from one language to another language.

Typical language translation is usually offered as a software service and requires user to input the document in digital form. Users have to first manually transform the physical documents by scanning in order to translate them. Also, the translated document output using a typical language translation tool is only in digital form. Meanwhile, typical paper-handling devices such as printers and fax machines are not intelligent enough to handle advanced functions like language translation. By combining the language translation functionality to the nonintelligent devices, this system can take the input in the form of paper and digital as well as output them in paper and digital form.

As business becomes more global and increasing amounts of information is available, language increasingly becomes a barrier to sharing information and making decisions. Also, even though much information is stored and used digitally, a large percentage continues to be stored and used on paper. Finally, even though typical machine translation engines do not provide 100% professional language translation, integrating them with paper handling devices makes it easy and quick to benefit from global information i...