Introduction to Linking

The Tatoeba corpus is stored as a set of sentences and a set of links between them. Whenever a sentence is translated, a link is automatically created between the source and the translation. If a sentence identical to the translation already exists in the corpus, the two identical sentences, and their links, will eventually be merged automatically. Thus, any contributor can link two existing sentences that are not already linked by copying the text of one and adding it as a translation of the other.

In addition to that method, advanced contributors using the newer version of the interface are shown a button that allows them to expand the view of the sentence to reveal additional buttons that will allow them to produce a direct link between any two sentences that are indirectly linked, or to unlink any two sentences that are directly linked. The view can be expanded either for an individual sentence (by clicking the "up/down" icon at the right above the sentence):

Collapsed dialog

or for all sentences on the page (by clicking the "up/down" icon at the top of the page):

Collapsed list

The expanded view shows an unlink icon (circled in red) to the left of a directly linked sentence and a link icon (circled in gray) to the left of an indirectly linked sentence, as well as a collapse icon (in yellow) to return to the collapsed view:

Expanded dialog

In the older view still available via the settings (by unchecking the box labeled "Display sentences with the new design..."), there is a link icon above the sentence (highlighted in yellow), and the unlink and link icons appear to the right rather than the left of the flag icons:

Old view

The remaining screenshots on this page correspond to a still older version of the interface, which behaves like the older version that is currently available, but with bent green arrows instead of straight blue, and bent gray arrows instead of bent gray.

Link and unlink buttons

For advanced contributors, chain and scissors icons are displayed in the interface. Clicking on a chain icon to the left of a sentence links a pair of sentences, and clicking on the scissors icon unlinks it.

Sentences before clicking on icons

Drag and drop

The easiest way to link two sentences that are not indirectly linked is to drag-and-drop a link to one sentence onto the chain icon above another sentence.

Simple drag-and-drop onto chain icon

In the example we're dragging the green arrow icon, but the same operation would work with any link that would have brought you to a sentence page: a gray arrow, a blue ⓘ icon, or clickable sentence text. It's also possible to drag from one browser tab or window and drop it into another.

Link form field

Clicking on the chain icon above a sentence opens a field. There are several ways that you can use this field to produce a link to another sentence:

  1. Copy the entire URL (address) of the second sentence and paste it into the field.
  2. Type the number of the second sentence into the field.
  3. Drag the blue circle, gray arrow, or green arrow located next to the second sentence and drop it into the field.

The easiest way to copy the URL of a sentence is to right-click on the icon to the left of it (a blue circle, green arrow, or gray arrow) and choose the appropriate option. For instance, in Firefox, you would choose "Copy Link Location".

In the following example, two main Hebrew sentences are visible. One is already linked to the English sentence "Do you want to see him again?" while the other is not. However, the English is a good translation for both sentences, so we want to link it to the second sentence as well. We have clicked the chain icon above it, and the field next to it has opened up, prefilled with the phrase "Sentence number" in gray:

Sentences after clicking on icon above

Now we want to drag the green arrow located next to the English sentence and drop it into the field:

Sentences with arrows for drag-and-drop

The result will be as follows:

Sentences after drag-and-drop

Now we just need to click the "Link" button, and the two sentences will be linked. Our final result can be seen here:

Sentences after clicking link button


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