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Pseudo Translator

A pseudo translator is a piece of code that "translates" text in an automated manner. For example, it may convert all source text to upper case, inject special characters or make the translation longer or shorter. Such approaches are commonly used by software localization teams during development and testing. They are also useful to simply test Beebox translation workflows without having to resort to real translators or (slower or cost incurring) machine translation.

Your algorithm can be called from the "Action" link in the Beebox segment editor page:

Your algorithm can also be triggered automatically whenever new files are dropped to the Beebox. This is done from the project settings and the "Automation" tab:

Adding your algorithm is just a few steps:

  1. Add a class that extends BeeboxPseudoTranslator.
  2. Code the Translate() method. It receives a source text and returns the translated text.
  3. Compile and install your dll.

The code below is a sample implementation. All interface methods are verbosely commented and should be self-explanatory.

Sample class

The Beebox extension below adds a simple pseudo translator that converts source text to uppercase.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using Wordbee.Beebox.Extensibility;
namespace Acme.PseudoTranslationSample
	/// <summary>
	/// This is a sample Beebox extension that adds a simple pseudo translation option to the Beebox.
	/// </summary>
	public class SamplePseudoTranslator : BeeboxPseudoTranslator
		/// <summary>
		/// Gets the globally unique id of this extension.
		/// </summary>
		public override string ExtensionID { get { return "acme1"; } }
		/// <summary>
		/// Gets if the extension is by default enabled. If false, then it must be enabled explicitly in each
		/// Beebox project from the Beebox Admin UI.
		/// </summary>
		public override bool EnableByDefault { get { return true; } }
		/// <summary>
		/// Gets a name. Displayed in the Beebox extension manager page.
		/// </summary>
		public override string Name { get { return "Acme translator"; } }
		/// <summary>
		/// Gets the title of the algorithm shown in the user interface such as the "Actions" tool
		/// where a user can pseudo translate selected content.
		/// </summary>
		public override string UITitle { get { return "Acme translator"; } }
		/// <summary>
		/// Gets a description. Displayed in the Beebox extension manager page.
		/// </summary>
		public override string Description { get { return "Some words on my algorithm..."; } }
		/// <summary>
		/// Gets version number. Displayed in the Beebox extension manager page.
		/// </summary>
		public override string Version { get { return "1.0"; } }
		/// <summary>
		/// Gets the author. Displayed in the Beebox extension manager page.
		/// </summary>
		public override string Author { get { return "Acme Ltd"; } }
		/// <summary>
		/// Override to implement your machine translation algorithm.
		/// Return null to not translate the source text. Otherwise return the translation.
		/// Basically this method is called with each source text. 
		/// - Translate "text" and return the result.
		/// - Return null if the source text shall be left as is.
		/// </summary>
		/// <param name="text">The text to translate</param>
		/// <param name="sourceLocale">The ISO code of the source language</param>
		/// <param name="targetLocale">The ISO code of the target language</param>
		/// <param name="context">Contains additional information on the segment including the project key and the source file containing the text.</param>
		/// <param name="configuration">The extension's parameters. 
		/// You need to implement the respective virtual methods to permit configuring the parameter individually per project.</param>
		/// <returns>
		/// Return the translated text.
		/// Return null to not change the current translation (null will not clear the translation!)
		/// </returns>
		public override string Translate(
					string text, 
					string sourceLocale, 
					string targetLocale, 
					SegmentContext context, 
					IExtensionConfiguration configuration)
			StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(text.Length);
			// This sample shows how to pseudo translate by converting all characters to uppercase.
			// The code is a bit more complicate than one might imagine... The reason is that the
			// source text may contain "markup". Think of html tags such as in "Click <a>here</a>".
			// We do not want markup converted and so we must have some logic to skip markup when transforming text.
			bool intag = false;
			foreach (char ch in text)
				// Skip any markup. Markup is enclosed between special codes (char)1 and (char)2.
				if (ch == ExtensionsHelper.TAG_MARKER_CLOSE) { sb.Append(ch); intag = false; continue; }	// We have finished markup
				if (ch == ExtensionsHelper.TAG_MARKER_OPEN) intag = true;					// Markup is starting here
				if (intag) { sb.Append(ch); continue; }										// In the middle of markup
				// Now we transform the character to uppercase
			return sb.ToString();



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