Lotus Notes to Include Document Translation

SAN FRANCISCO (04/05/2000) - Lotus Development Corp. will announce a partnership later this month with Transparent Language Inc. to integrate translation capabilities into the Lotus Notes groupware product, officials with Transparent Language said here this week.

The combination of Lotus Notes and Transparent Language's server software could allow a company to make content in its corporate intranet available to employees in other countries, or allow teams of developers who speak different languages to collaborate on a single project, according to Transparent Language officials, who demonstrated the system on the show floor here this week.

The translation works by allowing users to export Lotus documents into a scripting language that Lotus has developed called Otext. Transparent Language's server application, called Enterprise Translation Server, translates Otext into the target language and delivers it to the recipient.

The software can be used to translate text from English to six other languages:

French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Norwegian, as well as from French, German and Spanish into English. The translations can be up to 80 percent accurate so long as users write in clear sentences, according to officials here.

Enterprise Translation Server is priced at $10,000 per language module for an unlimited number of seats, plus an additional charge per word translated. The software is already available for various Microsoft Corp. applications as well as Adobe PageMaker and other programs.

Based in Merrimack, New Hampshire, Transparent Language can be contacted at +1-603-262-6300.

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