What is a Termbase?

A termbase is a database containing terminology and related information. Most termbases are multilingual and contain terminology data in a range of different languages.

 

Termbase Entries

Terminology data is organized into termbase entries: each entry contains at least one term. A typical termbase entry might contain a term, term translations in several languages and descriptive information about the entry as a whole and about the individual terms. Termbase entries may be classified and each category of entry is known as an entry class. Entry classes are defined by the MultiTerm administrator.

 

Source and Target Languages

Each time you open a termbase, you can specify which languages you want to use as the source and target languages. MultiTerm uses the source language terms as a search index. Because the source language is used in this way, it is often referred to as the source index; languages in general are also referred to as indexes. Source and target language data is displayed at the top of each entry in the entry pane.

 

Termbase Fields

Terminology data in each entry is organized into termbase fields. The different types of field are as follows:

Termbase Definition and the Structure of Entries

All termbase entries are structured in the following way:

The termbase definition for a given termbase specifies the number and type of fields that a termbase entry may contain and the entry structure that entries must conform to. The entry structure specifies:

NOTE: MultiTerm supports unlimited nesting of descriptive fields.

 

Termbase Objects

As well as terminology data, each termbase contains a series of objects that you can use to manipulate termbase data. The objects that are available to you in MultiTerm Online are as follows:

Each termbase contains five default layouts, two default filters and one default input model. The default objects in each termbase are always available to you. Your MultiTerm administrator may also make custom-defined objects available to you.

 

See Also

Working with Online Termbases