A translation glossary is a collection of the key terms in your source language that you need to make sure they are translated accurately and consistently in every case. On the other hand, if you don’t want to translate those terms (for example, Apple may prefer to leave the words “iPhone” and “iTunes” untranslated), the glossary will specify that they remain untranslated.
A good glossary eliminates ambiguity and serves as a guide to translators on how to manage key terminology.
From our blog: How Translation Glossaries Improve Your App Localization.
Adding a glossary terms
1. Go to "Glossary"
- Term: Enter the glossary term in its base language
- Description: Provide any description that might help translators produce better translation
- Need translation: If you select "No", translators would know that you would like to keep this term untranslated, e.g. your app / company name
- Translate to all languages: Selecting "No" means you can select which language(s) you want the term to be translated while in other cases keeping it untranslated (e.g. translate it in French but keep it untranslated in Chinese)
- Case sensitive: Choosing "On" means that if you typed in "Apple" for the glossary term, "apple" will NOT be considered as the same glossary term
- Preview text context: This option allows you to preview where the glossary term appears in your original file to give you better reference when filling in the information for the glossary term. If the term appears more than once in the file, clicking the refresh button will show the term in other paragraphs
Method B: Upload the terms using a spreadsheet
1. Select "Upload" to upload your spreadsheet
2. Structure your spreadsheet like the below sample
3. Define the structure of your spreadsheet.
4. Click "Import Defined Structure".
5. All uploaded glossary terms will be set with the below default characteristics. If you want to update the characteristic of a particular, see the below section on "Update glossary terms".
- Translate term: Yes
- Translate to all languages: Yes
- Case sensitive: Off
Update glossary terms
When you already have glossary terms, you can update your glossary terms at any time
- Go to "Glossary Terms"
- Click the gear button next to a term and select "Term information"
- There, you will be able to edit the content and properties (e.g. whether translators should translate it) of the glossary term
Downloading Your Glossary
1. Go to "Glossary"
2. Click "Download Glossary"
1. When the translators start the job, they will be prompted to translate the terms defined in the glossary first.
In the below screenshot, you can see how 3 different statuses of glossary terms will be shown in the translation tool
A. Glossary term that already has a translation
B. Glossary term that does not have a translation yet
C. Glossary term that should remain untranslated