Translating with the internal repetitions mode

Consistency below the segment level (that is, consistency of expressions within segments) is achieved by inserting terminology directly from the dictionaries and by other useful features such as the concordance search and the dynamic linking function. On the other hand, when a segment occurs identically more than once in a project, consistency at the segment level can be easily maintained because it only needs to be translated the first time that the translator comes across it — the translation may be propagated to all other occurrences.

Transit NXT provides a special approach to translating repeated segments: the internal repetition mode. This approach allows the translator to translate all identical segments together in one go before translating the rest of the segments. You can translate one segment, then that translation is propagated to the other occurrences in the same group of repetitions, then you translate the second repetition in the project, that translation is propagated, and so on and so forth.

This is particularly useful when a project must be divided among several translators: if the internal repetitions (IR) are translated first by one only person, no segment-level inconsistencies will be introduced later by other translators.

Ok, let us see how the internal repetition mode is used to translate. First of all, open the language pairs:

Open language pairs
Open language pairs

Now, open all language pairs in global view (that is, in one single window). If you do not select and open all segments in one single window, the internal repetition mode will not work. You can select all language pairs by clicking once on the first one, then pressing Shift in the keyboard and then clicking the last one — the single window option will be chosen automatically for you.

Open all language pairs in global view
Open all language pairs in global view

After that, activate the internal repetition mode in the menu Processing | section Internal repetitions | button On/Off. Now it is active.

Activate the internal repetitions mode
Activate the internal repetitions mode

To go to the first internal repetition, you can use the button Next, in the same section. The cursor will be positioned in the first repeated segment that needs to be translated. You may now proceed as you normally would: look for fuzzy matches, then translate, and finally confirm the segment.

Click on Next to go to the next internal repetition
Click on Next to go to the next IR

Upon confirming the segment, your translation will be propagated to the rest of the occurrences (from the second to the last one) within that group of internal repetitions, and after that the cursor will be positioned in the first occurrence of the next group of internal repetitions.

Depending on your matches options and on whether there are variants (more than one 100% match), the propagation will be automatic or supervised. Below you can see the recommended setting for exact matches (Insert 100% matches if no variants exist):

Insert 100% matches automatically unless there are more than one of them
Insert 100% matches automatically unless there are more than one of them

If you have been asked to check every segment or you prefer to have more control over your translation (at the expense of speed, of course), you can change that setting to Never and you will be able to supervise the propagation of the translation, checking every 100% match before accepting it.

When the cursor reaches the end of the last file, it means that you have translated all internal repetitions in the project, and you are done! At that point, it is time to switch off the internal repetition mode. It’s important to bear in mind that, should you need to apply any modification to a segment that is an internal repetition, you should apply the same change to the other repetitions within the same group, otherwise consistency would be lost. And that’s it for today.

As usual, any feedback about our tooltips will be highly welcome. Take care and see you in the next Tooltip. Special thanks to Karen Ellis for reviewing this post.

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This blog has been moved to a new location, where you will be able to browse it and consult it just like you do now.  Stay tuned!

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About Manuel Souto Pico

Linguist and translation technologist. Google profile.
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6 Responses to Translating with the internal repetitions mode

  1. Manuel Souto Pico says:

    Reblogged this on Transit/TermStar NXT Tooltips.

  2. Tansy says:

    Dear Manuel,
    Thank you, I have been finding your tool tips very useful. I have a question about this tool tip: how do you go about applying modifications to internal repetitions? When proofreading my translation I often want to change something and I would like to know how to apply my changes to all identical segments in the text at once (a function equivalent to the downward arrow in Trados).
    Thank you
    Tansy

  3. Ricardo says:

    Hi, first of all, thank you very much for this usefull blog. I hav a question regarding to internal repetitions.
    You wrote:
    “It’s important to bear in mind that, should you need to apply any modification to a segment that is an internal repetition, you should apply the same change to the other repetitions within the same group, otherwise consistency would be lost.”

    I would to ask if there is an automatic method to do this or have I review and change manually every repetition?

    Thanks

    Ricardo Rodríguez Palma

    • You can propagate changes throughout a group of internal repetitions in the Internal repetitions proof-reading mode. Go to the Review tab and select the section Internal Repetitions. The command Change & Confirm propagates any modification that you entered for an IR and the selected status (e.g. Checked 1) to the whole group of IRs. You find more information about this in the section Working in internal repetitions proofreading mode on page 345ff in the Transit User Manual.

  4. Ricardo says:

    Thanks for yor answer

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