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Poll: How many of your clients do not require the use of CAT tools?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "How many of your clients do not require the use of CAT tools?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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I'm not sure May 25, 2016

As I use CAT tools for all projects, I lose track of which ones actually demand it. But I'd say more than half require them to be used.

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Maxi Schwarz
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the choice of "none" should have been in the poll May 25, 2016

Not only do none of my clients "require" or ask for them - most haven't even heard of them. How can a customer ordering a product think he can require which tools the expert uses to produce the product. He can certainly ask for it, however.

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Katrin Bosse  Identity Verified
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Less than half - Other May 25, 2016

I have a few long-term clients for whom the use of a CAT tool doesn't make sense in a terminology saving kind of way. However and nonetheless, I always use my CAT tool for those translation as well because of the organising and administrative features it provides. They don't know that I use it and it really doesn't affect them nor their projects.

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EvaVer  Identity Verified
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More than half May 25, 2016

also because I eschew new clients requiring CAT tools. BTW, direct clients mostly do not know what a CAT tool is.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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My inner pedant almost made me vote "other" May 25, 2016

Because it's fewer than half, not less than half.

And in my case, none.

Some would like me to, but I refuse.

Even though I do actually use CAT for all jobs.

Awkward? C'est moi.


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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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None ... May 25, 2016

None of them (an option not offered in this poll), because I don't use CAT tools.
Awkward? Moi aussi.


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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Only one May 25, 2016

Chris S wrote:

Because it's fewer than half, not less than half.

And in my case, none.

Some would like me to, but I refuse.

Even though I do actually use CAT for all jobs.

Awkward? C'est moi.


Awkward? No. It's up to you, not to them to use CAT tools

I use mine for almost all jobs too, but won't be dictated whether I should use it or which one. Only one of my agencies wants it. They tried to force Trados on me, but in the end they don't care how I work, as long as manuals are consistent and well translated.


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Teresa Borges
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You're not alone! May 25, 2016

Jenny Forbes wrote:

None of them (an option not offered in this poll), because I don't use CAT tools.
Awkward? Moi aussi.


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Noni Gilbert
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One required me NOT to use a CAT tool May 25, 2016

This request came from a client via the agency in charge of translating its webpage. The reasoning was that otherwise the text provided will be stilted and won't read naturally. I can see their point about the dangers, but confidently ignored the instruction.

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Rita Utt  Identity Verified
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I try not to work for clients who require CAT Tools May 25, 2016

I use Wordfast for some projects to facilitate my work.
but I never give out TMs (my intellectual property ...)


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Almost all May 25, 2016

Again, not provided as an option.

In tech translation, use of a CAT tool is the only way to ensure consistency across multiple files in big projects.
Termbases and autosuggestion take a big burden off this translator, especially with long, sometimes difficult-to-spell-properly technical terms.

"Over half" doesn't come close to fully answering this person's needs. Awkward? It would be very without a CAT tool.



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[Edited at 2016-05-25 11:56 GMT]


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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Oops May 25, 2016

Several of us have answered the question "how many require" rather than "how many do not require".

That must mean something.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Other May 25, 2016

NONE of my regular clients require (requires? Damn you, Stephen Fry!) the use of CAT tools. I did some work for one agency that likes Deja Vu a few years ago, but haven't done anything for them since. The one or two agencies I do occasionally work with are just happy to get the translated text in time and don't really care which magic wand I may or may not use. The rest are all direct clients and I doubt if they know much about CAT, if anything....

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