CAT Tools — a Blessing or a Curse?

Translation quality plays a particularly important role in certain fields (such as the pharmaceutical industry, medicine, contract law, etc.), and can be improved significantly with the help of CAT tools. On the other hand, CAT tools favor the emergence of a new type of error which, in the worst-case scenario, can have dramatic consequences for all parties involved. This article describes the possible causes of this new type of error.

At the Crossroads With the Technical Communicator in Disguise

After some years of experience in the job it is often time for an interim conclusion. What have I achieved so far? Which direction am I heading to? Especially, when you are working in an IT-related job, some exciting career paths in the field of technical communication might lay ahead.

Life After Graduating From a Master’s in Technical Communication: Can I Actually Use My New Skills?

So, you want to know if the investment in the TCLoc master’s pays out? Keep on reading and find out how you can apply the technical communication knowledge and skills you acquire during the program.

How to Get Started With Usability Testing—A Short Guide for Technical Communicators

As a technical communicator, it’s your job to provide end users with all the information they need to safely, efficiently, and effectively use a product. To achieve this, your technical documentation not only needs to be correct and complete but it also needs to offer good usability. Let us see how a good usability test can help you.

The Importance of Content Strategy in Technical Communication

Joining the TCLoc community of instructors is Hilary Marsh, a content strategist with decades of experience and president of Content Company, a content and digital strategy consultancy. She is a leading expert on effective and efficient content creation, organization, and management. Having already created and taught graduate-level courses on content strategy, she is excited to share her experience and insight with TCLoc students and show them the important role content strategy plays in technical communication. In this article, she gives us a sneak peek of her course and shares with us the professional path that led her to where she is now.

How to Use Traditional Translation Tools for Subtitle Localization

According to the MESA Europe Content Localization Council in 2017, the size of the audiovisual translation market suggests that content localization services are worth about 2 billion USD per year and are expected to grow by 8% to 10% annually. The Slator 2018 Media Localization Report paints a similar picture, yet subtitle translation software has not grown to match this assertion. Is it because traditional TM (translation memory) technology has nothing to offer and can’t support this specialized localization process?

Educational Technology: School 2.0 — What’s Next, Robot Teachers?

From tablets, interactive whiteboards, and MOOCs to educational software and games, digital technology is increasingly taking over European schools. Some people pin great hopes on new educational technology to offer students more personalized learning and improve their cognitive performance. Beside, others are concerned by the effects of too much screen time on children’s brain health and development.

Translation-Oriented Text Production in Technical Communication

These days, technical communicators are generally aware that translators almost always use computer aided translation (CAT) tools to work more quickly and produce a translation with the highest degree of consistency possible – given the source text and reference material provided.