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Figure 1: Bilingual review file from MemoQ
source and target files. You
can imagine my dismay.
We have all this technology
available to increase our
productivity, yet it wasn't
being used. Alas, this wasn't
my call to make, and I
decided to crack on with the
task at hand.
I soon discovered from
working with various clients
that bilingual review files
weren't actually as common
as I thought they would
be. But I found this didn't
impede my productivity, but
actually increased it! Now
having carried out various
revision tasks in this way,
I've been able to reflect on
why this is the case, and I've
narrowed it down to one
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particular aspect: the topdown
approach.
Top-Down Approach
to Translation
When it comes to translation,
there are two approaches:
top-down or bottom-up.
Top-down basically means
you start working with the
document as a whole and
then progressively work with
smaller elements within
the document. The bottomup
approach is the exact
opposite, where you work
with a very specific element
and progressively look at the
bigger picture. To explain
how this is helpful, I'll give
you some examples.
Formatting: Working with a
target document rather than
a bilingual review file allows
you to pay more attention
to the overall format of the
document. You're able to
appreciate the position of
tables and images and how
these may provide cues to
help guide the reader through
the text. This is something
that is lost in a bilingual
review file that only contains
the text of a document.
I suppose the solution to
this would be to read the
source document alongside
the bilingual review file,
but this counteracts the
advantage of only needing to
work in one document. Also,
depending on the size of your
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