Comparing GlobalSight with WorldServer

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Comparing GlobalSight with WorldServer

This is an objective comparison of the Translation Management Systems GlobalSight and WorldServer.

Key concepts

GlobalSight and WorldServer mainly differ in their approaches to how the systems create jobs, integrate to content management systems, configure settings, and process data.

The following is high-level comparison of the two systems with regard to these.

Functions GlobalSight WorldServer
Job creation Push content from repository Pull content from repository
CMS integration Web Services CMS clients
Configurations File, L10N, and TM Profiles AIS properties
Data processing A job may contain multiple files Each file is associated to an independent process

High-level overview of the GlobalSight configurations

In GlobalSight, many configurations are set in File Profiles, L10N Profiles, TM Profiles, and Workflow. Users can choose the desired settings by selecting the appropriate File Profile.

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Translation Memory

Functions GlobalSight WorldServer
Assignment Selected through File Profile > L10N Profile > TM Profile Set an AIS-Property
Penalty options Set in TM profile Most penalty options are set in file
Attributes No custom attributes Has custom attributes and available for TM leverage
Stemming No indexing on stems Has indexing on stems
Reverse Leverage Supported Supported
Import/Export Support TMX 1.4b Support TMX 1.4b
Context Match In Context matches ICE matches
Unique ID Match Segment ID-based matches for XML and Java Properties content SPICE matches

Leverage penalty

The following leverage penalty configurations are available in GlobalSight.

Type-sensitive leveraging

The type (e.g. URL, Text, Alt) of a new segment is compared to segments in the TM during leveraging. If two segments differ by type, the fuzzy match percentage is reduced by the amount in the Penalty box.

Case-sensitive leveraging

The case of a new segment is compared to segments in the TM during leveraging. If two segments differ in case, the fuzzy match percentage is reduced by the amount in the Penalty box.

Whitespace-sensitive leveraging

Whitespace in a new segment is compared to segments in the TM during leveraging. If two segments differ in whitespace, the fuzzy match percentage is reduced by the amount in the Penalty box.

Code-sensitive Leveraging

Code, such as formatting, in a new segment is compared to segments in the TM during leveraging. If two segments differ in code, the fuzzy match percentage is reduced by the amount in the Penalty box.

Multiple Exact Matches

In cases where there are more than one unique translation for an exact match:

  • Latest: The most recent translation is selected as the exact match
  • Oldest: The oldest translation is selected as the exact match
  • Demoted: Multiple exact matches are displayed as fuzzy matches. The match percentage is reduced by the amount specified in the Penalty box

Consult the WorldServer Translation Memory Administration Guide (the “TMAG”) for penalty configurations in WorldServer. Most of the penalty settings are set in the file.

Translation Memory Group

GlobalSight allows multiple reference TMs. The setting is configured in TM profiles. However, there is no hierarchical order on the reference TMs.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Embedded in TM Profile Separate TM Group feature
Has hierarchical order on reference TM Has hierarchical order on reference TM

Terminology Database

GlobalSight does not have Terminology Group.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Has Terminology Fields Has custom TM attributes
No TD Group TD Group

Segmentation rules

GlobalSight support SRX 2.0. Additional segmentation rules can be configured.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Support SRX 2.0 WorldServer-specific
Any number of TM Profile-specific segmentation rules configured in Segmentation Rules and referenced in TM profiles One set of system-wide segmentation rules configured in files

Supported filters

The following are the Out-Of-the-Box filters that are provided by GlobalSight and WorldServer.

File format GlobalSight WorldServer
Catalyst OOB
ColdFusion OOB
TeamSite DCR OOB
Excel 2003 OOB OOB
Excel 2007 OOB OOB
Frame 5 OOB Use MIF Filter
Frame 6 OOB Use MIF Filter
Frame 7 OOB Use MIF Filter
InDesign OOB Filter on INX file using XML filter
INI file OOB
Illustrator OOB
Java Properties OOB OOB
JavaScript OOB OOB
MIF Use Frame OOB
Plain Text OOB OOB
PowerPoint 2003 OOB OOB
PowerPoint 2007 OOB OOB
Regular Expression OOB
Un-extracted OOB
Word 2007 OOB OOB

Filter configuration and customizations

Users can configure the XML, SGML and Word filters in GlobalSight. In addition, users can create custom scripts to control filtering rules using external processes.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Configuration The following filters are configurable: Java Properties, Javascript, MS Word, XML, HTML, JSP Most filters are configurable
Customization Custom script to control filtering rules using external processes Using WorldServer SDK

Locales and encodings

In GlobalSight, encoding is not an attribute of a locale. In WorldServer, each Locale is associated to a specific encoding.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Source encoding is specified in File Profile Default target encoding is specified in Workflow (can be overridden during a manual export) Encoding is associated to Locales and Locales are assigned to assets as AIS Properties
Users select the correct default source and target encodings by selecting the appropriate File Profile. User can override the target encoding during a manual export. Users select the correct encoding by selecting the appropriate Target Locale

Scoping and Cost Model

GlobalSight and WorldServer have different scoping and cost model configurations. However, both systems provide roughly equivalent functionality for calculating translation charges in advance. In addition, GlobalSight also has functionality for calculating actual cost as the work is performed (particularly useful for LSPs).

GlobalSight WorldServer
Fixed number of match ranges and range values (Same as Trados Workbench) Configurable number of match ranges

and range values. Mhough most users configure their scoping ranges to match the Trados ranges

Rates are configurable at each Activity (translate, review, DTP, etc.). Most users apply all cost at the translation activity. Not configurable at Step-level (Activitylevel)

Business Rules Engine and Scheduler

GlobalSight has a Watched Folder system. Custom code can be built to monitor the Watch Folder to create jobs automatically.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Has Watched Folder Has Business Rules Engine
No scheduler Has schedule (Business Rules Engine)


GlobalSight does not have programmatic steps or Activity in workflow.

GlobalSight WorldServer
No programmatic steps (this capability is under development) Has Automatic Actions (extensible with SDK)
Can duplicate workflows for different locales Each workflow can be applied to any locales

CMS Integration

GlobalSight provides WebServices API for CMS integration. In addition, GlobalSight has been previously integrated with Interwoven Teamsite and Documentum.

GlobalSight WorldServer
WebServices integration available WebServices and Custom connector API available in SDK
Out-of-the-box connectors for CVS (both client- and server-side integrations). Interwoven TeamSite and Documentum have been previously integrated Out-of-the-box connectors for file system, SQL database, Broadvision, ClearCase, CVS, Documentum, Interwoven Teamsite, Perforce, Visual SourceSafe, and X-Hive database
Push methodology to allow content owner to trigger jobs Mostly pull methodology allow localization manager to trigger projects

Off-line translation

Users in GlobalSight can translate offline using Bilingual Trados RTF. GlobalSight will support XLIFF in a future release.

GlobalSight WorldServer
No desktop workbench (this is under development) WorldServer has Desktop Workbench
Bilingual Trados RTF Can export Trados TTX files
XLIFF 1.2 Can export XLIFF files

Custom development

GlobalSight is an Open Source application. The source code is available to developers who would like to develop custom components or add-ons to the system. GlobalSight also provide WebServices API.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Open Source with WebServices API Has SDK

Machine Translation integration

GlobalSight currently does not have integration with machine translation engine. However, integration with machine translation engines is a high priority on 2009 roadmap.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Integration with Google MT and PROMT Integration with Babel Fish, Systran, and Language Weaver


GlobalSight is an Open Source application and the data schema is open for developing reports.

GlobalSight WorldServer
Has about 2 dozen pre-defined reports. Data schema is open for report writing. Has Report Center