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The proposal pool is a database in which source texts are stored together with their translations for short texts. Short texts are texts that do not exceed 255 characters. They are translated in the short text editor.

A separate proposal pool exists for each source and target language combination translated in the system. These proposal pools are initially empty. When you translate short texts in the short text editor, you can branch to the proposal pool and create proposals, which builds up the proposal pool. You can use the proposals that you create to reduce the manual translation volume when translating other short texts later.


Once a translation and a proposal exist for a source text, the text line has the translation status translated. The system assigns the translation status modified to all lines whose target texts do not match valid proposals in the proposal pool. The status does not change to translated until you create the translation as a proposal in the proposal pool.

You only need to maintain the proposal pool if you intend to use its functions. If all you need to do is enter a translation, you can simply save it in the short text editor. If you do not maintain the proposal pool, you cannot reuse existing translations because you have no best proposals, and therefore no automatic distribution.


Short Text Editor

When you translate short texts in the short text editor, the system displays the best proposal for each source text line for which a proposal already exists. You can copy the best proposal to your translation line by double-clicking it.

When you translate source texts for which no proposals exist yet, you can branch to the proposal pool to create your translation as a proposal. The source text then has the status translated, and you can reuse the proposal whenever you have to translate the same source text again.

For more information, see Short Text Editor, Translating in the Short Text Editor, and Creating Proposals in the Proposal Pool.

Transaction SLPP

You can use transaction SLPP to access the proposal pool, to find out how certain short texts have been translated and to create or delete proposals.

For more information, see Transaction SLPP.

Further Proposal Pool Interfaces

Automatic Distribution

If you perform an evaluation with automatic distribution, the system compares the source texts with the proposals in the proposal pool and assigns translations to the source texts, depending on the distribution parameters. The source texts whose translations do not match a valid proposal have the translation status modified. If the translation matches a valid proposal, the source text has the status translated. In this way, you can reduce the manual translation workload.

For more information, see Evaluations, Automatic Distribution, and Defining Distribution Parameters.


When translating terminology in SAPterm, you can refer to the proposal pool to ensure that the terminology in the terminology database is consistent with the contents of the proposal pool.

For more information, see SAPterm.


The proposal pool has the following functions:

  • Using the best proposal enables you to achieve the following:

    • Your translations are consistent.

    • You reduce the manual translation workload.

      For more information, see Best Proposal.

  • Automatic distribution enables you to reduce the translation volume. For more information, see Automatic Distribution.

  • By assigning the correct quality statuses to your proposals, you can ensure that automatic distribution only uses high-quality proposals to translate source texts. For more information, see Quality Status.

  • The translator profile enables you to determine which translators are authorized to assign a high quality status.

  • You can use the proposal pool like a dictionary, by finding out how a specific short text has been translated. For more information, see Transaction SLPP.

  • You can correct translation errors, without having to find the objects in which the errors occur. For more information, see Demonstration Objects.

  • You can find out who created a specific proposal.

    See Displaying Details for a Proposal.

  • Proposal pools can be transported from one translation system to another. This enables you to use your proposals in other translation systems too, which helps to ensure that translations remain consistent in all systems. For more information, see Proposal Pool Transports.

More Information

See Proposal Pool Concepts for a description of the basic concepts and structure of the proposal pool.

For more information on creating, changing, and deleting proposals, and on accessing the entries in the proposal pool, see Proposal Pool Maintenance and the subordinate documents, as well as Transaction SLPP.