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Strange formatting when using Trados 6.5 with Word
Thread poster: Wei Peng Loy
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Japanese to English
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Jul 15, 2007

Hi,

I encountered a problem with using Trados 6.5 on Word documents. My OS is Windows XP and Word version is Word 2003. My client sent me a job to translate a Chinese Word file to English. I was supposed to use his TM during translation.

Initially all went well. The next day when I continued with where I finished, I found that everytime I start a new translation unit (TU), the formatting of the source text (ST) will automatically change to italic bold, and the target text (TT) will change to bold. If I ignore it, this formatting will be saved when I close the TU. Then when I open the TU again, the same problem appears. Changing the formatting doesn't help because everytime I open the TU, the same problem appears.

Later on, I discovered this problem spread to my other files as well. I finished this Chinese job and went on to my other job, this time a Japanese to English job. The same problem happened when I open a new TU and the fonts and formatting changed. It's very irritating because I need to keep to a certain style and formatting when I do the Japanese job.

I tried to uninstall and install Word and Trados to see if the problem could go away. But it still didn't. I also tried copying a "clean" Normal.dot from another computer but it didn't help.

Have any of you encountered this problem before? How can I stop the irritating "auto formatting" from occurring? Thanks.


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