Should I give the Memory of Trados to agency?
Thread poster: lubei

Local time: 19:21
Italian to Chinese
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Mar 4, 2006

An agency asked me to do the translatione with TRADOS and then to deliver the job with the memory. It's the first time that I get this request, should I give them the Memory?Thx a lot.


Deborah do Carmo  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:21
Dutch to English
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Standard Mar 4, 2006


This question has been asked a number of times.

The agency's request is quite standard.

Two things:

1. If you've accepted the job, i.e. to do it in Trados and return the TM/uncleaned file - you are already contractually bound to do so.

2. If you've not yet accepted the job and this is putting you off, bear in mind that even if you don't return the TM/uncleaned file - all the agency has to do if you've used Trados or a compatible CAT tool is to align the source file and your translated file, using Win Align and it can create its own TM that way.

It just takes them longer to that, that's all.

Hope this helps to clarify things

[Edited at 2006-03-04 20:02]


Local time: 19:21
Italian to Chinese
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thank you very much! Mar 5, 2006

Thank you very much for your precious help.

Best .


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:21
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Give them what they asked for initially Mar 5, 2006

lubei wrote:
An agency asked me to do the translatione with Trados and then to deliver the job with the memory. ...should I give them the memory?

If the original agreement was that you provide them with the translation and the memory, then what they're paying for obviously includes the memory. It is not strange for the agency to ask for the memory... but on the other hand, if the translation is in uncleaned format, they could simply generate the memory themselves. So basically you're saving them some time. If you use one memory for multiple clients, then naturally you'd have to distill that particular client's TUs from the TM before delivering it.


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