In this article, we will show how different autofill rules allow you to share texts across different languages or dialects. If you define such rules texts will be shared based on your Translation Memory. Hence, settings for autofilling text segments from TM and additional autofill rules correlate. If you select that 100% matches shall be used to autofill empty segments from TM, this specification also applies for any additional rule that is defined.

Here are some examples how additional autofill rules can be used:

Additional autofill rules can be used to fill text segments of German (Austria) with texts from German in the same project or different ones. Of course, this works for other language combinations to. Both locales (languages) don’t need to be in the same project. Texts are shared via the Translation Memory, hence TM settings define among which projects texts are shared. Please have a look at our
Translation Memory documentation for more information.

Additional autofill rules don’t automatically apply for segments created in the past. Once a rule is defined empty segments are autofilled if autofilling is triggered.

Autofill is always triggered, if

1. you edit a text segment (e.g. German) that is used to fill your Translation Memory and the matching text segment (e.g. German Austria) is empty. This only applies if the text changes are saved.

2. you add a new project locale (=language) to your project. All empty text segments will be autofilled from Machine Translation.or

3. a new empty text segment(s) is created. New text segment(s) can be created by uploading a file or creating a new text segment in the online editor.

Here are two examples showing you how autofill is triggered and what it means:

1. If you first define the additional autofill rule (view screenshot above) and then add a new locale German (Austria), autofill is triggered. This means that all empty segments of German (Austria) will be autofilled with matches from German by the Translation Memory.

2. If you first add a new locale German (Austria) and then define the additional autofill rule (view screenshot above), autofill is not triggered. This means that empty segments of German (Austria) won’t be autofilled with matching texts from German by the Translation Memory.

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