Glossary of Terms

API stands for Application Program Interface. An API is a set of instructions that lay out the rules that must be followed if two computer programs are to talk to each other.

Acronym for the American Standard Code for Information Interchange. Pronounced ask-ee, ASCII is a code for representing English characters as numbers, with each letter assigned a number from 0 to 127. For example, the ASCII code for uppercase M is 77. Most computers use ASCII codes to represent text, which makes it possible to transfer data from one computer to another.

Email Alias
An alternative name for a more complex email address. A WorldLingo language pair can be 'hidden' by an email alias. A choice of alias can be anything from a corporate name, a business department or a personal nickname. An email alias 'hides' the fact that you are using an email translation service. For example could be an alias for the WorldLingo English to French email translation address

Email Translation
WorldLingo provides email translation from a source language to a target language. If you receive an email in German (source language), WorldLingo can translate this text into English for you (target language). WorldLingo provides email translation for corporates, localisation vendors and personal use.

The process of making all the necessary technical, financial, managerial, personnel, marketing, and other enterprise decisions necessary to facilitate localisation. Products have to be globalized before they are localized. A well-globalized product is one that has been enabled at a technical level for localisation. In other words a globalized product does not require remedial engineering or redesign, as opposed to adaption to a specific local language or platform.

Human Translator
Human translators are native speakers who physically translate the text themselves which results in a 100% accurate translation vs the 70% accurate translation that you get from machine translation.

Stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is the authoring language used in the creation of documents for the World Wide Web. HTML was initially created for use as a universal common document language for the World Wide Web. It indicates the type of information rather than the exact way it is to be presented. The actual presentation is left to the software that converts the contents to a suitable format for viewing. Text in an HTML document can be translated on-the-fly by a machine translator whereas text embedded in images and graphics (gifs, jpegs) must be localized.

HTML Translation Object
Is a special piece of HTML code that webmasters place on their websites to translate the text in their web pages (HTML documents).
The basic struture of an HTML translation object consists of:

(i) a Form that sends the web page (URL) to a WorldLingo Translation Engine

(ii) an Input field to select the languages involved in the translation process

(iii) a Submit button

The process of ensuring at a technical/design level that a product can be easily localized. Internationalization is thus part of globalization.

Language Pair
Language pair is the term used to denote the source language and the target language involved in text translation. The source language is translated into the target language. For example the language pair English-French (en-fr) means that English will be translated into French. Language pairs are often abbreviated to the shorter two character form which is identical to the ISO language code definitions eg. en-fr (english to french), en-de (english to german).

The process of adapting text and cultural content to specific target audiences in specific locations. The process of localisation is much broader than just the linguistic process of translation. Cultural, content and technical issues must also be taken into account. The Localisation Industry Standards Association (LISA) defines localisation as "the process of modifying products or services to account for differences in distinct markets". See for more detailed information about the localisation process.

Machine Translation
Machine translation (MT) is the automatic translation of human language by computers. For instance, an English --> German MT system translates English (the source language) into German (the target language). With the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, and ever-expanding international communication and commerce, there is an increasing need for quick and inexpensive translation. New Web pages are created daily in tremendous numbers, and many Web page authors would like their material to be readable immediately all around the globe. Likewise, there is need for fast e-mail communication between speakers of different languages. It is difficult to keep up with the volume via human translation alone.

Machine translation has been under development in universities and industry for several years -- essentially since the advent of programmable computers. MT is a difficult problem, mainly because human language is so ambiguous and so full of special constructions and exceptions to rules. In some cases it is impossible to arrive at a correct translation without using everyday knowledge of the world and reasoning ability that only humans have.

Whilst machine translation is not 100% accurate, WorldLingo provides best-of-breed MT that enables readers of the translated text to quickly get the gist of the document's meaning instantly, without having to resort to expensive and timely professional human translations.

Professional Human Translation
Is the translation of text by accredited native language professional translators. Translation by professional translators is more accurate than machine translation, however, it is usually more expensive and requires more resources than machine translation.

Rich Text Format (RTF)
A standard formalized by Microsoft Corporation for specifying formatting of documents. RTF files are actually ASCII files with special commands to indicate formatting information, such as fonts and margins.

Source Language
The specified original language of a document, web page or email before it is translated.

Text (TXT)
Data presented with alphanumeric characters, usually in the form of words, sentences, and paragraphs. Typically, the term text refers to pure text stored as ASCII codes (that is, without any formatting). Objects that are not text include graphics, numbers (if they're not stored as ASCII characters), and program code.

Target Language
The specified language a document is to be translated into (the resulting translation).

The process of transforming text from one language into another language.

Translation Memory
Translation memory software stores matching source and target language segments that were translated by translator in a database for future reuse. Newly encountered segments are compared to the database content, and the resulting output (exact, fuzzy or no match) is reviewed and completed by the translator.