How to import TM into Multiterm
Thread poster: szuw
| | szuw
Local time: 21:52
English to Polish
I have searched the forum but still have no idea how to do it.
I have Trados 6.5 and Multiterm Xi.
I have exported repeated phrases from the source file (many thanks to Jabberwock!). I have translated some of them and now they are stored in TM file. I want to add them automatically into Multiterm glossary.
I can export TM into txt file. There are 6 lines in the txt file which corresponds to one segment of TM, for example:
I understand that now txt file has to be transformed somehow into xml file, which can be imported by Multiterm.
But how? I tried copying the txt into Excel and saving it as xml but then Multiterm doesn't see any entries in it.
| | Peter Linton
Local time: 20:52
Swedish to English
| Are you sure you want to? || Apr 16, 2005 |
One reason you can't find information on converting a TM to MultiTerm is because they serve different purposes, and therefore there should not normally be a need to convert between the two. A TM is all about storing sentences, while MultiTerm is primarily for terminology - words or short phrases. That is perhaps why there is no such conversion option in MultiTerm Convert. So it's worth asking yourself if you really need to convert.
Having said that, I recently did such a conversion. I have the same setup as you, and I had a TM with many single words or short phrases that would be more useful in Multiterm. Like you, I could not find any documentation, so I worked out my own method. I suspect there are more refined methods, and hopefully some guru will explain that here. Meanwhile, this procedure should work (but it assumes that you have a powerful text editor, preferably with macros, (I use UltraEdit), that you are familiar with different file formats and Unicode, and Excel):
First reformat your TM export file so that instead of looking like your example
it contains only
Mother (tab character) Matka
on a single line, the same for all other lines, and the first line contains the name of the source and target languages, e g English (tab ) Polish etc (as described in Clarisa Moraña's answer above).
In fact for your first attempt, I suggest a file with only 2 rows like this:
English (tab ) Polish
Mother (tab) Matka
Import that file into Excel (as a tab-delimited text file). Make sure your words are each in their own single column, with the correct language names in the first row. Save as an Excel XLS file.
Load MuiltiTerm Convert. Read its User Guide (twice) because the process from here on is not very intuitive.
Select conversion from Microsoft Excel format. Browse to load your input file (the .XLS file). On the Specify Column Header screen, the simplest procedure is to to define two index fields to be the same as the language names in the "Available column header fields". Read the User Guide, because if you get this stage wrong, the conversion will appear to succeed but will produce zero entries.
Convert will then convert your XLS file into an XML file that you can import into a termbase (newly created or existing) in MultiTerm.
As you can see, it is not very straightforward, but this method certainly works (for me), and can also be used for converting other terminology sources. The key is to start by producing a tab-delimited text file, and then proceed as above. Good luck!
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In DVX this function would be redundant, because it automatically searches and displays former segments which are contained in the current segment.