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TM-Town and bad internet connections

They really exist, these bad internet connections. So I'd like to ask how TM-Town accommodates for them.


Here's the scenario: an international organisation that uses CafeTran as their CAT tool allows its employees to work from home.


They have lot of old translations and are working on aligning these, via Terminotix. The automatically aligned bitexts are then loaded in CafeTran and converted to TMX.


Here the journey starts: We are currently investigating what would be the best way to make these old translations available in CafeTran.


There is of course the Total Recall database. But if I'm not mistaken, every team member has to create his own DB. I'm not sure if this is true: can the DB be placed on a network drive?


I advised them to look into TM-Town, since it seemed a nice solution for this task. But the fact is: some employees live in small villages, with bad internet connections.


The uploading to TM-Town can be done at the HQ, but how about the interactive use of TM-Town? How does it work with a b  a    d  inter net  connection?



How does handle TM-Town identical TUs that are uploaded? If it doesn't delete/ignore them, can this cause a problem in terms of available disk space? What are the costs of this disk space for the user?

Kevin, are you still reading here?


Cheers,


Hans


Hi Hans,


The uploading to TM-Town can be done at the HQ, but how about the interactive use of TM-Town? How does it work with a bad internet connection?


If the uploading of work is done at HQ (on a better Internet connection) then it should be fine. The searching/querying of terms or segments stored on TM-Town through CafeTran is done through an API that is only returning text data (in other words, it is very light), so it should work fine even on super slow connections. 


Actually accessing the TM-Town site through a browser or uploading data to TM-Town might be very slow on a terrible Internet connection...but the actual querying of data through the CafeTran extension is about as light as it comes so it should be fine even on very slow connections.


How does handle TM-Town identical TUs that are uploaded? If it doesn't delete/ignore them, can this cause a problem in terms of available disk space? What are the costs of this disk space for the user?


Currently we do not have any limits built in, but in early 2016 we are planning to release paid tiers for translators which would limit the number or segments or terms you can have indexed into search to use in the CafeTran extension. The actual limit numbers are yetl to be determined, but there would still be a free tier which would cover up to a certain number of segments and terms.


At this time duplicates are marked internally but are not deleted or ignored. However, depending on your use case we would be happy to look at this and add some options around it to help translators better manage any duplicates.


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Also, we now offer TM-Town lite. You can find a link in the footer of TM-Town. This serves a version of TM-Town tailored for screen readers or those in countries with poor Internet connection. The page size is kept very small (no images, no JavaScript) so it should load very fast, even for those with very slow Internet connections. Apart from loading documents, it retains almost all of the functionality of the main site.

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