SDL MultiTerm: just one termbase for all my languages and all my subjects?
Thread poster: Lotte Bulckens

Lotte Bulckens  Identity Verified
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Jan 9, 2015

Hello there

I am taking my first steps with SDL MultiTerm and I was wondering how to proceed: should I make just one termbase containing all my languages and all my subjects? Or should I make different termbases for each subject...? How do you work? What are the pros and cons for both methods? What is your experience/opinion?
Thanks for your feedback!

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Sandra& Kenneth  Identity Verified
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One termbase per language pair (both directions) for all the subjects Jan 9, 2015

Hi Lotte,
This is just an opinion:
1. Because, unless you have the same job in different languages at the same time, this is probably both unnecessary and a potential minefield. Keep it simple. The less complicated it is, the less likely it is to confuse you, especially until you develop your own workflow. You can always export the TBs and import them all in whatever combination you find useful.

2. One termbase to rule them all. This single-pair termbase should be properly defined to include all the subjects as fields and anything else you may find useful to record. I recently found out how by watching this excellent SDL tutorial which finally explains in simple steps and with illustrations how to do it.
Don't create termbases by subjects because they will always overlap and you will have to attach a multitude of termbases, possibly located in different places, and constantly change priorities so that the correct termbase is updated each time. What will you do if the job is both say, technical and legal (such as a contract including tech specs)?


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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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One per language pair, but all subjects Jan 10, 2015

I use Multiterm 'creatively' - I even have several of my worst typos in it, correctly spelled.

I enter all sorts of things, and they turn up later in different contexts. When Workbench could only handle max. two termbases there was no other option, and then if the client sent me a termbase I could still use mine in tandem.

Now it is also very easy to delete terms, so I enter them anyway, even if I only need them for a single project or a short time.

I started out with several databases, but always missed the one I had not set up in my project... so they overlapped more and more, and finally I merged them before they got too large!

Best of luck!

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