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Bad Japanese term recognition in Multiterm (all versions)
Thread poster: CELC Inc

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Jul 24, 2006

Multiterm is awful at recognizing Japanese terms. (I'm sure the problem is equally bad for Chinese, though my experience is so limited I wouldn't risk a definite statement.) In fact, the correlation feature of Workbench and TagEditor is just as bad, but I can live with that.

Here's my guess as to why: I am betting that the application is looking for spaces or punctuation to demarcate the terms.

One easy example I can give to back this up is what Trados does to phone numbers:
If the # is 019-621-8145, Trados sees three placeables: 019, -621, and -8145. Clearly this indicates that the dash is treated as a word break.

Here's the problem: no spaces in Japanese.

So, what can I do to aid recognition? Is there a setting I can use in MT or Workbench/TagEditor to change this? Should I suggest that SDL do something to improve this in future releases?

Any suggestions or help would be appreciated...

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