Translator's Workbench


TWB - 2315

Keywords multilingual word-processing, multilingual termbanks, semi-automatic translation aids, computer-aided translation, machine translation systems


Start Date: 01-APR-89 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The TWB project focused on the development and integration of computer-based tools for ODA-compatible multilingual text-processing for the correct and consistent conversion of documents to and from a number of Community languages. These tools include sophisticated spelling, grammar, style and layout checkers, terminological databases, text-processing utilities, remote-access utilities, and semi-automatic translation aid facilities, all within an integrated framework. TWB aimed at delivering up-to-date competitive results in the Unix environment, conforming to international standards (eg OSF - Motif and X-Windows), and being capable of serving as a basis for future developments in the area of advanced text processing and computer-aided translation.

Progress and Results

The main results of the project were two prototype versions of the Translator's Workbench: a high-end or workstation version integrating all tools mentioned under FrameMaker (and thus Unix), and a low-end or PC version integrating a subset of tools under MS WINDOWS. In addition, there are stand-alone versions of, among others, a machine-assisted terminology elicitation system, of standard and advanced proof-reading tools, and of document converters to and from the TWB editor. A final report on the Translator's Workbench project is scheduled to be published in 1994 by Springer Verlag.

Exploitation

The partners have identified a number of common industrial interests, which can be summarised by the following three specific areas where they expect immediate effects on actual products:

Multilingual Text Processing
Simultaneous processing of different languages requires addressing such diverse issues as the simultaneous representation of different alphabets and the provision of language checkers, such as extended spelling, grammar and style checkers, for the pre- and post-processing of texts written in different languages. Multilingual text processing, including semi-automatic translation aids (for fast pre-translation of texts), will be a key product for the professional office of the 1990s.
Document processing
Technical writing in the documentation area is a growing market. In particular, in the field of product documentation, well-designed and complete documents need to be available for all languages without delay. This involves the integration of large and frequently changing multimedia lexical for the fast extraction of terminological information for the non-technical expert.
Remote Access to Machine Translation Systems
Although machine translation systems of reasonable quality are already available on the market, they require special hardware and maintenance that are too expensive for the average professional user: they need to be made more accessible. The possibility of accessing such systems through electronic mail networks will help to meet and to develop the potential of this market.

The exploitation of TWB results with respect to these and other areas of common industrial interests is the focus of the follow-up project 6005, TWB II.


CONTACT POINT

Mr G. Heyer
ELECTRONIC PUBLISHING GmbH
Fürtherstr. 212
90429 NÜRNBERG
tel: + 49/ 911-9326300
fax: + 49/ 911-9326282

Participants

TA TRIUMPH-ADLER AG - D - C
MERCEDES-BENZ AG - D - P
L-CUBE INFORMATION SYSTEMS SA - GR - P
SIEMENS NIXDORF SISTEMAS DE
INFORMATION CDS - E - P
SIEMENS-NIXDORF
INFORMATIONSSYSTEME AG (SNI) - D - P
UNIVERSITÄT STUTTGART - D - S
FRAUNHOFER IPA - D - A
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY - UK - A
UNIVERSITAD POLITECNICA DE
CATALUNYA - E - A
UNIVERSITÄT HEIDELBERG - D - A


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TWB - 2315, December 1993


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