The CAT Editor (computer-aided translation) is the core of the Lilt platform and where translation happens. Lilt’s Editor provides a wealth of functions that make the entire translation process more efficient.
This article provides an overview for each of the CAT Editor components:
The Editor has two modes: Translate and Review. The two modes are largely the same. This article discusses the features available in both modes. For more details about review mode, see the article on Reviewing Documents.
The header bar has a range of options available for managing and customizing your experience with the Editor. Each tab of the header is described in the sections below.
The File tab provides several actions to help manage documents.
- Download: Use this option to download the translated document in one of three formats:
- Option 1: original format
- Option 2: TXT format
- Option 3: XLIFF format
- Unlock document translation: If the document has been locked for translation, the project manager can use this option to unlock the document in translation mode so it can be worked on again by translators. For more information on this, see the CAT Guide for Project Managers.
- QA checks: Project managers can run two types of QA checks from the File menu: full QA checks and linguistic batch QA checks.
The Edit tab contains a list of commonly used actions to help speed up your work within the Editor.
- Undo (shortcut Ctrl+Z): Undo the last edits that were made in the Editor.
- Select next word (shortcut Shift+Tab): Select the next suggested word from the suggestion area below the typing text.
- Find and Replace (shortcut Ctrl+H): Search for text in all typing areas of the document. Includes the option to require the whole word to match, require the case to match, and to search through the entire project instead of just the document.
- Highlight to change case (shortcut Shift+F3): Changes the case on the currently selected section of text.
The View tab allows you to set options for how segments are displayed in the Editor. The first two sections (split with a horizontal divider) filter what segments are displayed in the Editor by a variety of parameters. Each of these filter sections can only have one option selected.
- Status filter section: Filter segments by status: all segments, confirmed, unconfirmed, unreviewed, or reviewed.
- Additional filter section: Filter segments by additional content: notes, errors, or tags. This filter section compounds with the status filter section. If a filter is set for this section and you want to remove the filter, click on the filter to deselect it.
- Split view: With split view disabled (the default setting), target text is displayed beneath the source text. If split view is enabled, target text is displayed to the right of the source text. Split view helps increase proofreading speed.
- Previous segment (shortcut Ctrl+Up Arrow): Allows you to navigate up through the document, segment by segment.
- Next segment (shortcut Ctrl+Down Arrow): Allows you to navigate down through the document, segment by segment.
- Show invisible characters: When enabled, displays characters that are normally invisible (such as spaces, tabs, right-to-left marks, and left-to-right marks) in both the source and target text.
The Insert tab has a range of tools for interacting with text in the Editor.
- Suggested phrase (shortcut Enter): Insert the suggested word into the target text field.
- Full suggestion (shortcut Shift + Enter): Insert the full suggested sentence into the target text field.
- Non-breaking spaces (shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Space): Insert a non-breaking space into the target text field. These can be useful in certain situations, as the non-breaking spaces do not get erased in document formats that ignore extra spaces, such as HTML.
- Copy source to target (shortcut Ctrl + I): Inserts the source text into the target text field. This is useful if a segment does not have to be translated for whatever reason.
- Add new term (shortcut Alt + A): Opens a popup where you can add a new translation entry to the associated Memory.
- Add comment (shortcut Ctrl + Alt + M): Add a comment to the currently selected segment. These are the same comments you can add using the View Note button next to a segment.
- Insert right-to-left mark (shortcut Ctrl + K): Inserts an invisible right-to-left mark character into the target text field. These are used to determine how the adjacent characters are grouped in respect to text direction.
- Insert left-to-right mark (shortcut Ctrl + L): Inserts an invisible left-to-right mark character into the target text field. These are used to determine how the adjacent characters are grouped in respect to text direction.
The Tags tab provides tools for manipulating tags within the Editor. For more detailed information about tags, see the article on Tags and Formatting.
- Show source tags: Toggles whether tags in the source text are displayed.
- Project target tags (shortcut Ctrl + Alt + N): Projects target tags onto the segment.
- Select next tag (shortcut Ctrl + ]): Navigate forward through tags.
- Select previous tag (shortcut Ctrl + [): Navigate backward through tags.
- Select matching tags (shortcut Alt+Shift): Toggle between which tag is selected in a matching pair of tags.
- Move tag one word left (shortcut M): Move the selected tag one word to the left area.
- Move tag one word right (shortcut “/”): Move the selected tag one word to the right.
- Move tag one character left (shortcut “,”): Move the selected tag one character to the left.
- Move tag one character right (shortcut “.”): Move the selected tag one character to the right.
The Settings tab contains a variety of ways for you to customize the behavior of the Editor to suit your needs. These settings are set on a per-account basis, with changes persisting across Documents and Projects.
- Auto-Propagation: If you set or change the translation of a specific phrase in a document, auto-propagation will also set or change other instances of that phrase throughout the rest of the document. Forward Auto-Propagation applies this to every segment after the segment in which the change took place. Backward Auto-Propagation applies this to every segment before the segment in which the change took place. It is possible to have both Forward and Backward Auto-Propagation selected at the same time. By default, only Forward Auto-Propagation is enabled.
- Case-sensitive matching: When enabled, translations are only considered matches if the case matches. By default, this is disabled.
- Keep sidebar open: This option toggles whether the sidebar is kept open or not. By default, this is enabled.
- Auto-scroll editor: With auto-scroll on, when a segment is confirmed, the Editor automatically places you into editing the next segment and the Editor scrolls to keep the selected segment on the page.
- Use legacy editor: Clicking this option swaps your Editor back to the previous version of the Editor (version 2) for the current user session. Leaving and returning to the Editor will revert to the most current Editor version.
When you open the Editor, you will find your source text divided into numbered segments. An active source segment has several components:
- Numbered segment
- Source text (ST)
- Target text (TT) typing area: You can type in your translation manually or insert a suggestion from the suggestion area. Alternatives for the next word to insert may appear in this area as ghost-words. At the far right of the typing area, there is a number display for how many characters are inside the typing area.
- Suggestion area: Displays suggested translations. TM matches above 75% are shown first. If a match does not exist, the interactive MT output appears. This section updates as you type. You can click on any of the suggested words to add that word to the typing area. You can learn more about suggestions in the Translation Memory Matching article.
The Comments button is displayed on the right side of each segment. If you are the only translator for a given document, you can utilize the option to add notes, make to-do lists, and create reminders. If there are multiple translators, the comments space can be used for collaborative discussion as well. Learn more about comments in the Comments article.
Source highlighting tool
The source highlighting tool gives you quick access to several functions during translation. Using the mouse, highlight the source text you're interested in and the tool will appear.
- Copy to target: Copies the highlighted source words into the target text field.
- Lookup in Segment context: Opens the search memory sidebar, puts the source text into the search field, and searches for the text.
- Lookup in Concordance: Searches for Concordance entries of the highlighted source text.
There are three sidebar buttons on the right side of the Editor that are used to open and close the sidebar:
- Segment Context: Segment context provides translation information about the segment selected.
- Concordance: The Concordance tab gives in-context examples of how a word of phrase is used in the target language. These examples are pulled from a variety of sources, including a static set of public concordance data available to everyone, all memories created by uploading TMX files or translating in Lilt, and TMX files you can specifically choose to only upload for concordance (which will have no effect on the machine translation model).
- Find and Replace: The find and replace tool allows you to search for text in all typing areas of the document. It includes options to require the whole word to match, require the case to match, and to search through the entire project instead of just the document. The find and replace tool is also accessible via the Edit tab.
The footer bar allows you to:
- See the name of the file you are working on and the language pair.
- Navigate segments by typing in the number of a segment into the text box.
- View how many segments have been confirmed.
- View how many words have been translated out of the total number of words in the document.
- See an estimate on how much time it will take to finish translating the document.