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Felix tip: Concordance searching

A concordance search in TM lingo is a kind of context search: it finds occurrences of words or phrases in translation units (TUs) in your TM, so you can see how you’ve translated the word/phrase in the past, in varying contexts.

You can do a concordance search right from the Felix memory or glossary window. Here’s an example: I’ve made some changes to the text on the English Felix website, and now it’s time to reflect those changes on the Japanese site. Looking up the sentence “The Felix automatic glossary search feature is another way to boost your productivity and consistency” in the memory, I find a partial match.

Fuzzy match in Felix memory window

The original sentence in the TM didn’t have the “and consistency” phrase. For consistency (nyuk nyuk), the translator would like to see how the term “consistency” has been translated in the past. To do this, simply select the word “consistency” in the memory window, and press Alt + C. A list of all translations in the TM with the word “consistency” will then appear:

Concordance results for word [consistency]

I’ve made the window a little bigger so you can see the results better. Here I see that the translator has translated the word “consistency” as 訳語の一貫性, 訳文の整合性, and 文中の訳語を統一して (for “ensure consistency”). Not very consistent. 🙂 Then again, a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds — and the Felix J2E translator obviously has a big mind.

Incidentally, you can also do a search for translation concordance from the memory or glossary window: simply select some text, and press Ctrl + Alt + C (instead of Alt + C).

You can also get concordance from the various Felix interfaces. From Word, you would select the text in question, and either press Alt + M, C (Alt + M, then C), or from the Felix menu, select “Find Concordance.”

Find Concordance menu selection in MS Word

In Review mode, this command automatically switches to translation concordance.

There are also concordance commands from the PowerPoint and Tag Assist interfaces. There’s no concordance command in the Excel interface (yet!), because you can only select a cell or text box at a time, but you can still use concordance from the Felix memory/glossary window.

The Search Feature

Of course, the concordance feature is really just a shortcut to performing a search on the memory.

Searching for [consistency] in the search dialog

The search dialog gives you a lot more power, including regular expressions, as well as searching for the source and translation simultaneously. For example, you could use the search dialog to find all the times you translated “consistency” as 訳語の一貫性.

Nevertheless, the concordance feature is a handy way to quickly check how you’ve translated a given word/phrase in the past.

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Felix tip: Switch between concordance and match views

Felix has a concordance feature that allows you to see how you’ve translated a word or phrase in the past. It can be used from the Felix window, from the MS Word interface, from the MS PowerPoint interface, and from TagAssist (select Felix >> Concordance from the menu).

The results of concordance are then displayed in the memory window, which will look something like this:

Concordance search results in Felix

(The matching word or phrase is highlighted.)

If you already had a memory lookup displayed in the memory window, you might want to show it again. To do so, select View >> Current View >> Match View from the menu (or press Alt + V, V, M).

Felix menu command to switch to match view

You’ll then be back at the match view:

Felix match view with sentence lookup

(You can go back to concordance view by selecting View >> Current View >> Search View.)

Note that the same functionality is available from the Glossary window as well.

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Felix tip: Choosing your own segmentation

The Felix CAT tool

Clicking the right arrow button (or pressing Alt + Right Arrow) will select the next segment for Felix to look up. In MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and TagAssist, this means the next sentence or line of text. For MS Excel, this means the next cell in the worksheet.

Sometimes you may want more fine-grained control of how segements are selected. This is quite simple: just select the text you want to look up, and click the “L” button (or press Alt + L). That will be the segment that Felix looks up. This works in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and TagAssist.

It’s also fairly easy to extend your lookup segment. This is useful if you want to translate two or more segments/sentences as a single unit. From Word or PowerPoint, press Ctrl + Right Arrow to extend the lookup to the next segment. In TagAssist, the keyboard shortcut is Alt + X. (I plan on making the keyboard shortcuts more consistent in a future version.) Since the Excel interface is cell-based, it’s not possible to extend the lookup from Excel.

In Microsoft Word, you can also control several aspects of segmentation from the preferences. From the Felix menu, select Felix Preferences, then the Segmentation tab.

Felix segmentation preferences for MS Word

Here you can select the “stop” characters (which characters mark the end of a segment), whether to skip segments containing only numbers (useful when translating tables of figures), and whether to skip segments unless they contain Asian characters, or unless they don’t contain Asian characters. (The label says Japanese, but it works for Japanese/Chinese/Korean. This is a UI bug that will be fixed in the next minor release.)

The Felix manual has more information about segmentation for the MS Word and MS PowerPoint interfaces.