Interactive Author-Assistance Tool
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
An interactive author-assistance tool (IAAT) or program provides an online system allowing authors of documents, which are written in one natural language, such as English, to make such documents more translatable into other natural languages. The translation can be done by computer-based systems intended to perform mechanical translation (MT) or machine-aided translation (MAT). The program has three semi-automatic modules implemented interactively on a computer to perform the functions generally shown in Fig. 1. The text or input document 10 is first analyzed by a spelling checker 11 to detect spelling and typographical errors which can then be corrected by the author. Next, the text is subjected to a readability analysis 12 which generally detects and warns the author about overly long sentences and undefined acronyms.