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Tag Editor Tags in the middle of a word
Thread poster: JennyItaly
Local time: 19:58
Italian to English
Jul 4, 2007

Me again - I have been reading some of your excellent tutor docs and some recommend to use Tag Editor instead of Word
So I set Tag Editor as indicated and wanted to try some texts - but I see strange things in tag editor.
For example - in a text with just source there is the word SCOPO (SCOPE/PURPOSE) and in word it is a simple title but in Tag Editor it is broken in two!

I copied it into word out of curiosity and this is what I get :

--cf font="Tahoma" bold="off" size="14" complexscriptsfont="Tahoma" complexscriptsbold="off" underlinestyle="none" Sco bookmarkstart name=Scopo" bookmarkend name="Scopo >po CF

This happens many many times during the text file .. divding words or sentences for no apparent reason.
I checked the file in word - but I see no obvious reason ...
Can anyone give me any tips on this ??


P.S. I do apologise - I didn't realise the tag couldn't be seen - please eliminate if it is too messy to be in the forum.


[Edited at 2007-07-05 07:27]

[Edited at 2007-07-05 07:28]

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Stefan Gentz
Local time: 19:58
English to German
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Manual Formattings Jul 5, 2007

Hi Jen,

without seeing the full tags here, this is probably due to manual format overrides the author created and to word bookmarks. I suggest to make a screenshot from it, send it to the client and ask him to clean up the document. Otherwise I suggest to ask him if you can translate it "manually" without a translation memory system (and charge him correspondingly).

Background information:
TagEditor represents all formatting information and document objects as tags.
There are "block level" tags (the dark grey tags) which create segmentation.
And there are "inline" tags which go into the segments. Usually they represent thinks like formatting information in a character or word level like bold or italic or "segment internal" objects like index markers.

If there are manual formatting information like bold or italic tag editor creates tags to show (and preserve) where the formatting starts and where it ends.

Some Authors / Writers are not familiar with creating "clean" documents. To guarantee that their documents make it smooth through the translation supply chain, they need to learn how to create technical clean documents that can be processes within a translation memory systems.
If they are not willing (or able?) to create documents that follow best authoring practice with respect to tm based workflows, their documents should not be processed with translation memory systems but manually with full "old school" chargement.
There are enough service provider out there who can help authors to create clean and straightforward documents that work fine through the complete document life cycle and translation processes. We should not reward clients who are not willing to spend the few bugs for a professional consulting or professional tech writers...

Stefan Gentz

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