Czytelnia / Technologie tłumaczeniowe

Chapter II
Terminology Management Tools - A General Overview

1. Introduction

Having  been  presented  with  the  basics  of  terminology  management  as  an  interdisciplinary  science  we  should  now  consider  terminology  management  from  a  pragmatic point of view. Therefore the following chapter of the present thesis will focus on  the presentation of terminology management tools, their general features and functionalities.

First,  the  users  will  be  presented  with  the  basic  principles  according  to  which  the  terminology management  tools  operate.  Since  most  terminology  management  tools  have  a  number of common characteristics, these will be discussed right after this introduction. The  differences between particular tools will be illustrated later, in the testing procedure applied  to the selected programs. The features of the tools discussed shall be presented in the order  in which the evaluation procedure will later be applied. Thus, first the readers will find an  overview  of  the  general  software  and  hardware  requirements  of  the  tools  including  compatibility  issues.  Next, some  details  of the  user  interface  shall be  presented along with  on-screen  display.  Later  the  issues  of  data  management  will  be  discussed,  followed  by  a  thorough  discussion  of  entry  models  and  structures.  As  a  next  step,  the  issues  of  data  retrieval  and  access  will  be  detailed.  The  next  section  shall  be  devoted  to  the  systems'  responses to queries, security of information, data input, terminology extraction, validation  and control. Also  the  issues  of  data  exchange,  import and export will be  presented briefly.  Finally,  the  discussion  will  focus  on  the  interaction  of  the  terminology  management  tools  with other applications such as word processors, translation memories and other. Also some  attention  will  be  devoted  to  fonts  and  character  sets  and  maintenance  operations.  Commercial aspects of the tools under investigation will be discussed as the last step of the  presentation.  

Before  applying  the  evaluation  procedure,  the  author  decided  to  remark  upon  the  advantages  and  some  possible  limitations  of  the  particular  functionalities  and  solutions.  A  long-term  membership  of  the  mailing  lists  of  users  of  the  tools  later  subject  to  evaluation  helped the author to monitor the problems and inconveniences the professional users face, as  well  as  acquire  a  broader  understanding  of  the  tools'  advantages.  The  comments  resulting  from this research seem to be a good complement to the above presentation, and as such will constitute a good background for conducting the evaluation procedure in  chapter IV  of the present thesis.