Building a new glossary (in excel)
Thread poster: Annett Hieber

Annett Hieber  Identity Verified
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English to German
Aug 27, 2009

Dear All,

As I have built a number of very different glossaries over the years and am about to build a new one, I would like to know what types of categories you use in yours. BTW, I am speaking of excel glossaries. This would surely also be interesting to newbies to our trade.

I tend to keep them relatively simple, that is mostly the target word, source word, context (either an explanation or an example) and the source (where the translated term comes from). Of course, it also depends on the subject field for which this glossary is meant. I assume you could also insert photos/pictures for some technical areas for example.

Furthermore, it would be interesting to know if you prefer to build client- or subject-related glossaries and how large they are (average).

Thank you for sharing your experience.


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Marco Cevoli  Identity Verified
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I suggest you to take a look at and see which fields they are currently using. It would be a good idea if you could create your glossaries keeping in mind future compatibility with industry standards (such as TBX).


Marco Cevoli

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