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On the lookout for accessible translation aids: current scenario and new horizons for blind translation students and professionals
Rodríguez Vázquez, Silvia
The introduction of specialised computer software to support translation practice has shaped the translation industry landscape, transforming the use of Computer Assisted Translation (CAT) systems into a prime requirement for translators to successfully enter the marketplace. This technological turn has placed visually impaired translation students −and professionals− at a disadvantage with respect to their sighted peers, as a seamless interaction between translation software and assistive technologies (AT) is not always guaranteed. By drawing on data collected over the last five years from two main exploratory studies involving students and experienced translation practitioners with visual impairments, this paper aims at providing a snapshot of the current state of the art concerning the accessibility of CAT tools for blind users. Additionally, we attempt to offer some insight into the pedagogical implications of the latter for translation technology training in a university setting. In general terms, our findings reveal that the inaccessible design of the most popular CAT systems and the lack of appropriate support from their developers may limit the chances of blind students of fully developing their translation careers. Similarly, they urge for a change of mindset among both tool developers and translation technology lecturers.
Keyword(s): Machine translating; Computer-Assisted Translation (CAT); Translation Technology Training; Software Accessibility; Visual Impairments; Translator-Computer Interaction (TCI)
Publication Date:
2016
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Rodríguez Vázquez, Silvia ORCID: 0000-0002-9945-5544 <https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9945-5544> (2016) On the lookout for accessible translation aids: current scenario and new horizons for blind translation students and professionals. Journal of Translator Education and Translation Studies, 1 (2). pp. 115-135.
Publisher(s): Université de Genéve
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/23263/1/On_the_Lookout_for_Accessible_Translation_Aids%5B1%5D.pdf
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