What exactly is 'leveraging'?
Thread poster: Lowri Roberts

Lowri Roberts  Identity Verified
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Apr 18, 2010

I'm sorry if this is a really simple or obvious question, but I'm really struggling to work out what 'Leverage' means in terms of Wordfast Pro!
Does it mean the TU is re-used?
Does it mean the TU is sent to the TM?
I'm very familiar with Wordfast Classic but just getting to grips with Wordfast Pro and trying to prepare some training materials - but this word / expression is really confusing me!
Thanks in advance for your replies
Lowri


 

Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Ask the source, not the crowd Apr 19, 2010

Often I see people asking the "crowd" what some person or organization means or wants by saying a certain thing that may be a bit ambiguous. But you must realize that the "crowd" does not have any definitive answer.

So if you really want to know, the only valid answer will come from the source, so that is who to ask.


 

Lowri Roberts  Identity Verified
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Thanks Henry Apr 19, 2010

Thanks for your reply.
I've just send my query to Wordfast themselves.
I suppose I just thought I would check whether anyone else had had the same query and worked it out themselves or got an answer from Wordfast - couldn't see anything when I searched the forum though.
Thanks again
Lowri


 

Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar)  Identity Verified
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HTH Apr 19, 2010

Lowri,

The other day I was also at a loss and could not figure out what it meant. Digging through previous posts I happened to come across these two links which discuss the issue.

http://www.proz.com/forum/wordfast_support/136307-leverage_tm_vs_commit_to_tm.html

http://www.proz.com/forum/wordfast_support/154276-leverage_tm_what_does_it_mean.html

From my perspective, what I find encouraging about your post, however, is that even English native speakers who know previous versions of WF are confused by the terms used to describe the product. Terms like 'leverage' obviously sound smart and wise, but apparently add no value to the product.

All the best,
Marek


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
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Me too Apr 19, 2010

Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar) wrote:

... even English native speakers who know previous versions of WF are confused by the terms used to describe the product. Terms like 'leverage' obviously sound smart and wise, but apparently add no value to the product.



And you can add me to the list!
Anyone who has the energy should send the question to SDL Trados too...

At present the word ´leverage´ features regularly on my B*llsh*t Bingo card icon_biggrin.gif


 

Lowri Roberts  Identity Verified
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Thanks for your replies Apr 19, 2010

Marek - I've had a look at those links and I'm afraid I'm still as confused and unsure after reading them.

I've had a response from Wordfast, as follows:

"Leveraging" means re-using a TU. In Wordfast Pro, this can be through Alt+Down or Alt+Space. Even pre-translation could be called leveraging in the widest sense.

On the other hand, sending a TU to the TM is called "committing". It is one of the Alt+Down functions (in Wordfast Classic and Wordfast Pro).


I then asked 'what is the difference between 'leveraging' and 'committing to TM'?

The answer was:

In general, "leveraging" is to get a match from the TM, if any (Alt+Down or Alt+Space). Committing to TM is for storing a new segment translation or update to the TM (Alt+Down or Alt+End) so that you can leverage later.

As for the toolbar buttons:

Current Segment Leverage (Alt+Space): Is for searching the TM for matches for the current segment. You use it only for the first segment or if you move to a segment using the mouse withouth Alt+Down.

Commit to TM (Alt+End): It is for storing ALL the 'confirmed' segments to the TM.


Hope this helps those who are just as confused as me!!


 

Elizabeth Joy Pitt de Morales  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Apr 19, 2010

Hi Lowri,

I'm struggling with the change from Classic to Pro, and this is just one of the things that is giving me a headache.

Thanks for posting the response from the folks at Wordfast; at least that's one question answered.

Liz


 

Lowri Roberts  Identity Verified
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I think... Apr 19, 2010

...that leveraging means you re-use an existing TU, by asking Wordfast Pro to search the TM.
and commit to TM means you're saving a new TU to be leveraged (ie re-used) at a later date.

And that Alt+Down does both of these things for you.

I may be wrong though!

In that case, I'm still not sure what the Alt+Spacebar action is for - surely you wouldn't need to just use an old TU and not commit the new TU to the TM...

...yes Wordfast Classic does seem to be much simpler. I wonder what people use Wordfast Pro for?!?!


 

Stanislav Pokorny  Identity Verified
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CAT jargon Apr 21, 2010

Leverage = get suggestions from the TM (be it automatic, or manual using Concordance Search)
Recycle = reuse previous translations
...


 

Lowri Roberts  Identity Verified
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Thanks Apr 21, 2010

Thanks Stanislav
I think what's confusing me (and possibly other translators who may or may not already use Wordfast Classic) is that the leveraging is 'automatic' or just part of the Alt+Down action, whereas it seems to be an optional extra in Wordfast Pro...
...or maybe I'm still confused about the whole thing?!


 


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