Category: Technology

An interesting post on open source machine translation

Serdar Yegulaip wrote an interesting post entitled “Talk to Me, Openly” that is up on InformationWeek’s site, dealing with open source machine translation. While there are a number of very active open source translation memory projects out there, with OmegaT being one of the most popular among freelancers, open source machine translation hasn’t sparked the same …

…no substitute for having a professional translator

Although multilingual websites are in general a good thing, kudos to web strategist Jeremiah Owyang for calling social media powerhouse Facebook on its use of “crowdsourcing” rather than professional translation services for the newly released Spanish version of its website (French and German versions are reported to be in the works.) As one comment on Jeremiah’s …

A helpful post on text-to-speech (TTS) tools

Naomi de Moraes just posted some excellent introductory information on text-to-speech (TTS) tools on the blog of the ATA Language Technology Division. Most translators are familiar with speech-to-text tools such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, which allow you to dictate your translations. Text-to-speech tools are the opposite; software that reads text to you. Naomi’s post has some …

Why I use open source software

Since I launched my freelance business in 2002, I have used free and open source software almost exclusively. This model has worked very well for me, and I think that it’s enabled me to work better, faster and more affordably than if I had used the proprietary software equivalents. There are some not so lofty reasons …

Congratulations to Translate.org.za

Ever since I interviewed its founder Dwayne Bailey a few years ago, I’ve been continually amazed by Translate.org.za, a nonprofit project dedicated to translation/localization (or as they say down there, localisation) of free and open source software into the 11 official languages of South Africa. Courtesy of Translate.org.za’s website, they are, in English: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, …