Pretranslation is a powerful way to accelerate the translation process by having Lilt automatically translate known segments based on a document's associated Memory, specifically Exact and ICE matches. It can also be used as a preparatory tool to gauge how much of a document's text comprises new words.
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How Pretranslation works
When Pretranslating a document, Lilt will scan the entire document and populate segments that are Exact or ICE matches when compared to the Memory used by the Project. These translated segments will be considered confirmed and attributed to the user within the designated Memory.
If Pretranslation is run after any translation work has been done, Lilt will ignore any already-confirmed segments (regardless of whether the prior translation was done by pretranslation or a human translator).
How to use Pretranslation
To use pretranslation, find the desired document within a Project, and select Pretranslate. Select the three-dot menu on the right (...), and select Pretranslate. For multiple documents, select the Select All button, and then Pretranslate.
Select from the optional dialog options from the below screen.
The descriptions are as follows:
- Translate with machine translation service: Lilt will translate the entire document and populate each segment using machine translation, in addition to translating Exact or ICE matches from translation memory. Populated segments that are not Exact or ICE matches will not be considered confirmed.
- Attribute translation authorship to: All translated segments will be attributed to the current user who selects "Pretranslate," regardless of attribution within the associated Memory.
- Automatically accept exact matches. This pertains to "Review" mode. Reviewers must accept segments to officially mark that the segment has been reviewed. Selecting this option automatically accepts Exact or ICE matches. This is different from confirmed segments in "Translate" mode.
- Use case sensitive translation memory: This option forces Lilt to only translate Exact or ICE matches that also follow the same letter casing.