Chinese translators need more and better tools to do their jobs, and that’s why some are looking to open source the process.
Asl translator is one such tool, and asl translator creator Anastasia Mokkola says it’s already being used to create a number of new translators.
In an interview with The Verge, she says that she wants to use it to provide the next generation of translators with a more efficient, less-frequently-updated tool.
Mokkela said that the tool is available as an open source project, but she’s also open to other translators joining in.
“If we can do something useful with it, we’re open to that,” she said.
“But it’s a matter of time.”
Mokki says she also hopes to use the tool to help more translators create their own tools.
“We need more tools, but at the same time, I don’t think anyone wants to spend too much time making new tools,” she says.
Mokskela says that asl translation is a useful tool for many reasons.
“First of all, it’s simple, because you don’t need a bunch of tools and then you have to keep it up and running,” she explains.
“And secondly, it has a great community behind it.”
Mokski said she has a lot of interest in making asl translators better at their jobs.
“I’ve tried to do some work to improve the tools that I use, but it’s just not as simple as making a new tool,” she told The Verge.
“There are so many more tools out there.”
Moleskla says she thinks asl translating will be useful for other purposes too, such as helping to improve English grammar.
As a translator, she said, “I don’t want to do something that’s not good at translating the grammar.”
But it’s not just about the grammar, either.
Molesko says asl translations are also a great way to help with translation.
“A lot of the time I’m trying to make things easy for other people,” she explained.
“That’s when I start to feel that I’ve done something wrong, that I’m doing something wrong with this, and I need to correct that.”