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Friday, January 14, 2005

A New Tool to Break the Language Barriers
The European Union has now 25 members -- and 20 official languages, a nightmare for translators. Anticipating this, the EU started three years ago a 4-million euro project, TransType2, which is currently under test with results exceeding the original goals. In this article, the EU's Information Society Technologies (IST) reports productivity gains in excess of 30% above traditional methods.

The system mixes the advantages of both computer-assisted translation (CAT) and machine translation (MT). When you use the computer-assisted system, you start your translation, and several suggestions are offered to you while you're typing, reducing your number of keystrokes and saving you time. Today, TransType2 allows bidirectional translations between English, French, German, and Spanish. Other European languages could easily been added.

The EU is now thinking to bring this tool to us either as a commercial product or a Web service. Read more for other details, links and screenshots.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 3:01 AM Comments (0)
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