Capturing Visual Context

Review & Troubleshoot OCR

What is OCR?

Optical Character Recognition

Smartling uses OCR (Optical Character Recognition) to automatically match the text in context to your content. You can choose to match the text in the image with strings in your entire project, or in a specific file in the project. Matching can be reviewed and modified manually, after the automatic recognition has taken place.

For OCR to work, make sure your source content (strings) have been uploaded to Smartling before you upload your screenshot.

Reviewing OCR and Manually Modifying Matching

  1. Go to your Smartling project
  2. Click the Context tab
  3. Click Image Context
  4. Click any image file tile you want to review to open the Image Context dialog
  5. From here, you can do any of the following:
    • View and modify the image file name (left)
    • View the number of strings in the project associated with the image file (left)
    • View the string(s) associated with the image (right)
    • Manually remove the strings from being associated with the image by clicking the x (right).Screenshot_2021-09-08_at_20.06.12.png
  6. To manually map strings with context, click and drag your pointer on the image where you want to match a string. 
  7. Type the content of the string in the text box
  8. Select the corresponding source string from your content list
  9. Click Save in the string dialog
  10. Click Save in the Image Context dialogScreenshot_2021-09-08_at_20.13.50.png

The context will be applied to that string(s) in the CAT Tool (not the entire job).

Troubleshooting OCR

Occasionally, OCR may not map strings automatically. There can be a number of reasons why the OCR has not worked as intended. Here are some tips on why OCR may not work;

  • The image is of poor quality / small size file
  • The image contains unusual fonts
  • The image is missing some terms that are included in the string
  • The image contains special characters that are not included in the string
  • The image contains text that is blurry or small
  • The string is too long

Here are some tips to ensure Visual Context is mapped correctly;

  • Ensure the image is high quality and focused.
  • Ensure the image and string contains the same text, in a standard font, with no special characters
  • Always check the Context tab to ensure the strings have been mapped correctly and remove any mismatched strings
  • Manually map any unmapped strings to ensure Visual Context for Translators

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