TRANS 104 Technology for Translators & Interpreters • 3 Cr.


Introduction to the equipment and electronic tools used by professional translators and interpreters throughout their workflow. Develop basic skills using, assessing, and choosing appropriate hardware and software including computer-assisted translation tools. Prerequisite: TRANS 101.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Understand PC Hardware in a very basic way, and be able to research, prioritize, and purchase the hardware that would be most appropriate to his/her own needs as a translator or interpreter
  • Use the Internet for effective research, and understand ISPs, FTPs, the Web, and Search Engines
  • Work with Microsoft Windows in order to: understand international settings, locale settings, and effective ways to input non-English characters in Windows programs
  • Understand the components of a good website and create their own basic page with HTML code, images, and internal and external links
  • Use several software programs useful to translators and/or interpreters for: desktop publishing, glossaries, bookkeeping, advanced formatting, etc.
  • Understand and research the choices regarding Computer Aided Translation (CAT) tools, and use several of them on a beginner's level.
  • Understand the relationship between their software and choices and their clients, and exchange files with the latter in a number of ways