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Predictive typing in memoQ 2013 and 2013 R2
Posted by Péter Botta on 12 December 2013 09:49 AM

Description: This article describes how predictive typing currently works in memoQ 2013 and 2013 R2.


Predictive typing offers you a list of suggestions as you type in the translation grid. Suggestions come from different sources, always beginning with the prefix you have typed. The suggestions cannot be seen when a space is hit, however, when typing is continued, the suggestions reappear, even multi-word ones. The suggestions come from the following sources in the following order:

  • non-translatables
  • auto-translatables
  • term base hits
  • LSC (TM fragment) hits
  • terminology plugin hits
  • Muse hits

Within the types the longer matches come first. Term base hits are also ordered by the rank of the source term base.

The settings window (Translation > Predictive Typing And Autopick)

LSC hits can be turned off: if you uncheck this option, fragment hits will not be offered from your TMs. Such fragment hits many times come with punctuation marks (at the end mostly), but these punctuation marks are cut off of the suggestions in the list.

The setting „Suggestions are case sensitive” means that only those hits will be in your list, where your original target hit matches exactly what you have typed. For example if you have a term in your term base: apple – Apfel, and you type “ap”, you will not see Apfel in your suggestion list.

You can also set how many characters you need to type for the suggestions to appear.

Case transformation

If case sensitivity is turned on, then obviously there is no change in the case of the suggestions. Matches come as they are.

Otherwise there are a few very simple rules.

The basic rule is that the original hit is appended to whatever you have typed. Even if it looks weird.

The exceptions:

  •  Non-translatables will be only changed if what you have typed contains uppercase characters. The suggestion will be according to the basic rule: typed prefix + original. Otherwise they remain unchanged.
  • If you have typed only uppercase characters, and at least two, the whole suggestion will turn to uppercase.
  • If you have typed at least 4 lowercase characters, and your original target match was all in uppercase, or your hit is an LSC hit, then the suggestion will be all lowercase. The reason for the 4 characters is to allow you to see the basic suggestion, in case you need it. (This will change to 3 characters to make it more comfortable.)
  • Otherwise if you have typed only in lowercase, and the original target match has any uppercase letters, then the original target match will also be offered after the basic (typed + original) suggestion.


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