Efficiency and Accuracy, Part 2
Unlocking the Power of Eclipse Dictionaries
Presenter: Keith Vincent
Recording: Yes, 10 days after live event occurs
You probably wouldn't drive a car without adjusting the mirrors, the seats, maybe the air conditioning and the radio. Neither should you use a powerful CAT program like Eclipse without learning to fine-tune it to your needs. This is especially true of the dictionary because it determines the quality of your translation and thus the amount of editing that you'll have to do to deliver your transcripts.
Keith will start by demonstrating the tools that Eclipse offers to help find, see, and edit your dictionary entries. We're betting that there will be discoveries here even for experienced Eclipse users. He'll then illustrate the dictionary grooming process and show how to use the right syntax, which has a huge impact. After 25 years of using Eclipse and working closely with programmer Jeremy Thorne, Keith has a wealth of experience and incredibly useful tips to share.
Many of the simpler things we work with—small appliances, for example—are designed to be used right out of the box with what we call their “default settings.” There’s not much to customizing a toaster or an immersion blender, but you probably wouldn't drive a car without adjusting the mirrors, the seats, the steering wheel, maybe the air conditioning and the radio. And when it comes to a powerful CAT program like Eclipse, you need to spend some time fine-tuning it so it meets your needs. This holds especially true for your dictionaries because they determine the quality of your translation and thus the amount of editing that you'll have to do to deliver your transcripts. Optimally created dictionaries translate more accurately, and accurate translations save time, lots of it! Not much, if anything, is more important to reporters.
The following topics are all part of this webinar by Keith Vincent on Eclipse dictionaries:
- Column arrangement, resizing, sorting
- Display properties including date format, numbering, synching
- Vertical display of steno in dictionary entries
- Use of New Window for multiple views in a dictionary
- Customizable dictionary searches
- Moving unused entries to reduce bloat and aid Translation Magic
- Syntax and documentation for punctuation, prefixes/suffixes, etc.
- Syntax for alphabets (with Auto-Brief in mind)
- Slop-stroke syntax and conflict resolution
- Slop-stroke syntax and Translation Magic
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