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System for facilitating translation of structured data while retaining original data for translation verification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000206896D
Publication Date: 2011-May-12
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and tool for facilitating translation of structured data while retaining original data for translation verification. The tool provides a first translation of a document which is then editable by the user. The tool is applicable to web-based forms containing separate fields of data, such as help content or product information.

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System for facilitating translation of structured data while retaining original data for translation verification

The problem addressed herein is the lack of functionality for a user to quickly and accurately translate help content into alternate languages. While other general purpose language translation systems exist, the disclosed solution maintains metadata specific to web help content. It also maintains a link between the original text in each relevant metadata segment, allowing the author to review the original copy along with a proposed translation, which can be fine-tuned before being saved.

The invention integrates with a current document control database which is used to house content about a manufacturer's products and display that content to customers via the company's website. This content is typically authored in English. The document control database has an automated layer on the website to provide a machine translation into another language; however, this alone is not as useful as a manual, human translation.

Previous to the disclosed invention, translations were created in an entirely manual process: when a new document was created, all of the attributes of the previous documents (e.g., the applicable platforms, the versions of the product, etc.) had to be manually reselected in a user interface (UI) so that the translated document would match the original. Then, the textual fields had to be individually, manually translated. With the disclosed invention, the majority of these steps is either eliminated or minimized.

The disclosed invention is currently in use by many software group segments and is part of a document control database tool. With the new functionality, the user starts the tool and enters the identification code (ID) of a currently saved document...