CafeTan glossary interface lets you create an advanced multilingual terminology base with synonyms, alternative translations and various properties.

The glossary format is a simple tab-delimited text file which can be edited in various popular software such Ms Excel or Calc as well as in lots of text editors. The format consists of tab-delimited columns where each columns denotes a language or a property. The first line in the glossary file is the header row with the names for the columns. Each name in the header is preceded by the # character. Language names are given by their codes (e.g #en-US for US English).

Synonyms and alternative translations are separated by the semicolon ; character.

Apart from normal entries, glossaries can contain regular expressions. The regular expression must be preceded by the pipe | character.

The pipe | character can also be used to delimit prefixes, suffixes and roots of the words in the glossary.

A few basic examples (TAB stands for the invisible tab character):

  • the header in the multilingual glossary:  #en-US TAB #es-ES TAB #de-DE etc.
  • a simple glossary entry: mouse TAB ratón TAB Mause
  • a glossary entry with synonyms: border;boundary TAB frontera;borde TAB Grenze;Rand