Influence of background colour on translators' well-being, productivity and output quality
Thank you very much indeed for taking part in this survey! My name is Dragoș (@elearningbakery on Twitter), I teach language and translation technologies in the University of Leeds Centre for Translation Studies (CTS), and I also lead the CTS MA in Applied Translation Studies.
I'm always looking for ways to make our classes, as well as the advice we give our students, more relevant to the profession, and the topics of making the most of the technologies available to translators, as well as sharing best practices are the ones making my role meaningful and motivating for me.
I therefore genuinely appreciate you sharing your experience on the usefulness (in terms of productivity, quality and ergonomics) of implementing a change as small as modifying the default white background in your main CAT tool (provided your CAT tool allows such changes, of course).
As soon as we pass the threshold of 50 respondents, I will post a summary of the results on my blog -
. For every further 50 responses, I will update the results. If any of the survey participants need the raw survey responses for any further analyses to benefit our community (with the exception of the participants' e-mail addresses, which I will not share for data protection reasons), just let me know. Many thanks once again!
Is translation your full-time profession?
No, it is part-time (i.e. I have another job to supplement my income as a translator)
A freelance translator
An in-house translator
Working both freelance and in-house
How long have you been a translator?
Less than 1 year
How long have you been translating using CAT tools?
Less than 1 year
Which is your main CAT tool? (the one you use most of the time and also the one you are reporting on in this survey)
Fluency Translation Suite
Heartsome Translation Studio
MetaTexis for Word
MultiTrans Prism Freelance
SDL Trados Studio
Smartling Translation Management System
Swordfish Translation Editor
Text United Translation Software
What is the background colour you currently use in your main CAT tool?
Have you ever changed the default white background in your CAT tool?
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