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Problems with character encoding
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Burrell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:39
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English to Latvian
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Jul 2, 2005

I am translating a small doc in Word and every time after closing a translated segment the character accents change to something unrecognisible. I tried changing the style to clear formatting, saved the doc as txt. But the accents are still messed up.
I am quite sure this subject has been discussed before but I do not seem to be able to find anything.

I use Trados FL 6.5.5.5.438, Windows XP

Thanks in advance,
Burrell


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umsarah
Local time: 05:39
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English to Arabic
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change font style Jul 2, 2005

Hello Burrel,
I have encountered this problem a number of times before. And I could get around it in a number of ways. Usually changing the font style should solve the problem. If you are translating into English try using Times New Romans, it usually works fine. Also if the segments includes characters with different encoding next to each other (in my case it was English words next to Arabic ones), make sure you leave a space between them. In other instances, it was a problem in the tm itself, try importing it to a new one. I'm not actually sure if this is the standard way of overcoming this problem, that, however, what I usually do when facing jumbled characters in the translation.


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Rahi Moosavi  Identity Verified
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Font problem? Jul 2, 2005

I have this same issue with source files coming from a certain client. Although, I've created my own TM for this project but almost 50% of the times, strange characters appear after closing segments. Could it be a problem with unsupported fonts?

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Burrell  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Solution Jul 2, 2005

I was just pointed into the right direction and solved my problem. I pressed Start/Run, typed regedit. Then found HKEY LOCAL MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Nls \ CodePage. Then it all depends on the OS - for Win 95 and 98 find line cp 1252.nls and change to cp 1251.nls. For Win NT/2000 (and apparently XP as it worked in my case and I have XP) - change to c 1251.nls . Then restart computer. If it does not work, you can reverse by manually changing the values back but it worked in my case.

Cheers,
Burrell


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