CAT-tools, Term Bases and Translation Memories

Do you want to maintain consistency throughout your translated documents, ensuring a certain corporate wording with the use of a CAT tool, translation memories, and term bases combined with language style guides?

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citationstegnCAT (Computer-assisted translation) does not refer to machine translation, but to translation done by human translators. It assists the translator in the translation processes involving correct use of terminology, maintaining consistency and proofreading, while providing quality assurance. It gives the translator the possibility to create translation memories, and term bases which can be used later on as reference material ensuring consistency in the usage of certain terms.

NPLtranslations uses several tools according to our customers’ requirements and/or depending on the file format of the source document, like Word, Excel, Pdf or InDesign.

Translation memories

citationstegnA translation memory, or TM, is a database that automatically stores translated text segments during the translation process in order to aid human translators. The translation memory stores the source text and its corresponding translation in language pairs, which can be retrieved during the translation of new texts. It also gives the translator the possibility to search for the translation of a particular word (concordance).


citationstegnA term base is created manually by a human translator, who can add individual terms during translation or at the end of the translation process. It also gives the translator the possibility to add a definition and/or grammatical information for that particular term.

If a CAT-tool is properly maintained and its TMs and TBs are updated from time to time, it can be a great asset for example in cases where a company constantly makes minor changes or alterations in already existing texts. In these cases a CAT-tool can reduce translation expenses  significantly.

I work with the following CAT-tools and others:

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