Pseudotranslation is a rather specialized process in which a "dummy" translation with target-language-specific characters is performed and the length of the target text is increased by about 20% of the source.note
There are two main uses for this feature:
- You can export the "dummy" file to verify that the special characters of the target language can be displayed appropriately in the original file format.
- You can export the "dummy" file to verify whether the usual text expansion can be accommodated in the resulting original format files (this is especially useful for software development files, such as .rc files).
The groups of supported languages for which codepage-specific characters are used include:note
To translate a text with the pseudotranslate feature
- Select Pseudotranslation on the Project ribbon tab.
- The Pseudotranslate dialog appears.
- Select whether you want to translate the current or all languages, the current or all files, whether you would like to limit the pseudotranslation to the current selection (if applicable), and where you would like the translation to start. Under Type you can select whether you would just like to have the source copied over to target or whether you would like to Generate random strings. By selecting the latter, you would get results like the following (Danish, German, and Vietnamese):