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Computer Science Translation

Like many other specializations in the science industry, computer science has its own set of specialized jargon and other terminology that will require extra attention and the skills of a professional translator with experience in the computer science field. Leaving your important text in the hands of a layperson, or even a professional translator without computer science experience, can quickly become an embarrassing and expensive mistake when software instructions, hardware manuals, and other important text is on the line!

Even seemingly simple terms may trip up an otherwise expert translator if they don't know the proper context. Consider, for example, what would happen if a translator working on your computer science translation project were to translate the word "bug" literally as "insect" rather than the equivalent word for an error-causing flaw in the code.

As someone who works in the computer science industry, you may not even be aware of some of these words and phrases as being specialized anymore. While they may seem like second nature to a professional in the industry, think about some of these key phrases and how they might be interpreted by an inexperienced outsider:

Word/Phrase Definition Literal meaning
application a set of code that allows a specific task to be completed a formal request for something application
bit a binary digit a small amount bit
fault failure of hardware or software responsibility for a mistake fault
packet a small, partial amount of information used for transferring data over a network. a small container made of paper or cardboard packet
port a connecting component that enables two computers to share data a town or city with a harbor for unloading ships' cargos port
RAM Random Access Memory a horned animal ram

As you can see, translation for computer science isn't as easy as you may think!

If you work in computer science and have text that needs translating, make sure the translator you're working with is experienced in the field. If you submit your documents to us, we guarantee your translation will be completed only by a professional, human translator with a background in computer science and years of experience. Get in touch with us today for a free quote on your next project!

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