Proposal Pool Concepts

How are texts stored in the proposal pool?

Translations are stored in the proposal pool in one of the following ways:

·        System standard

·        Application standard

·        Exception

·        Abbreviation, which you can create for a system standard or an application standard, but not for an exception.

What is the best proposal?

The best proposal is the most appropriate translation available in the proposal pool for a specific source text. The best proposal is highlighted in blue. It is displayed in the short text editor beneath the input field for your translation (which is called the translation line) of the source text.

The system determines which proposal is the best proposal using the following three criteria:

       1.      Domain of the object you are translating

If an application standard exists for the domain, the application standard is the best proposal.

If no application standard exists for the domain, the system standard is the best proposal.

       2.      Space available in the translation line

If there is enough space in the translation line for the full translation (system standard or application standard, depending on the first criterion), then the full translation is the best proposal.

If there is insufficient space for the full translation, the longest abbreviation that fits the space available in the translation line is the best proposal.

For more information on full translations and abbreviations, see Creating Abbreviations and Full Translations.

       3.      Quality status of available proposals

A source text can sometimes have more than one system standard or application standard. If this is the case, the proposal with the highest quality status that meets the above criteria is the best proposal.

See the following topics for more information:

Quality Status

Creating Multiple System / Application Standards

Exceptions are never the best proposal.

For more information on the best proposal concept and examples of how it works, see Best Proposal.

How can I use the best proposal?

You can copy the best proposal into your translation line in one of the following ways:

·        Double-click the best proposal for a specific source text.

·        Click the Distribute Proposals icon to insert best proposals as of a specified minimum quality status into all new lines in the short text object you are currently translating. For more information, see Distributing Proposals.

If the best proposal is longer than the space available in the translation line, no best proposal is displayed. You then need to branch to the proposal pool and create an abbreviation that fits into the translation line. For more information, see Creating Abbreviations and Full Translations.

How can I tell if more than one proposal exists for this source text?

·        If no proposals exist for a specific source text, the icon  appears in the status bar above the source text in the short text editor. After entering a translation, you can click this icon to branch to the proposal pool and create your translation as a proposal.

·        If the icon  appears in the status bar for a source text in the short text editor, it means at least one proposal exists in the proposal pool for this source text. You can click this icon to branch to the proposal pool and view the existing proposals for this source text.

 How can I see all proposals that exist for a source text?

From the short text editor, you can display all the proposals for a specific source text in one of the following ways:

·        Click the icon in the status bar for the source text. The icon will look like this: , , or . For more information on what the icons signify, see Legend for Icons in the Short Text Editor.

·        Position your cursor in the translation line for the source text in question, and choose Proposal Pool ® Display Proposal Pool for Source Text.

The system branches to the proposal pool, and displays all of the proposals for this source text. When you branch to the proposal pool from the short text editor, the system displays the proposals in a tree structure in the following order:

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       1.      Domain-specific proposals for the domain of the object you are currently translating (application standard, its abbreviations, and exceptions for this domain.)

       2.      System standard, then its abbreviations.

       3.      Domain-specific proposals for all other domains in which proposals already exist. You cannot use these proposals for your translation, but they may include useful information.

The following graphic is an example of a proposal pool entry accessed from the short text editor.

In transaction SLPP, you can access the proposal pool directly and look up proposals for specific source texts as if you were using a dictionary. For more information on working in transaction SLPP, see Transaction SLPP.

See also:

Proposal Pool Maintenance

Accessing the Proposal Pool

Creating Proposals in the Proposal Pool