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".doc" formatting of translation
Thread poster: olob
Spanish to English
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Jun 17, 2004

I have a prospective translation project. I was asked to translate a sample and send it back to them in ".doc" format. I sent the text (done on Word) back to them as an e-mail attachment (I thought that that was a ".doc" format). They sent an e-mail back requesting the sample in ".doc" format. What do I do? What is ".doc" format?

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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:44
Member (2002)
Spanish to French
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As far as I know Jun 17, 2004

Word makes .doc documents.
If you want you can write to me and send me your .doc, I'll tell you what I see (.doc or not)


[Edited at 2004-06-17 04:07]

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jgal  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:44
French to English
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It may have been in .rtf format Jun 17, 2004

Depending on the settings in place on your computer, you may have saved it as a .rtf (rich text format) file.

When you go to "save as" in Word, type the file name and make sure you select the correct file type in the drop-down menu underneath.

If you are working on a Mac, you need to make sure you choose the "word for windows" format, unless you know the customer uses Macintosh.

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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:44
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German to Spanish
Maybe you forgot... Jun 17, 2004 close the Doc in Word before attaching it.

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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English to Afrikaans
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MS Word Jun 17, 2004

olob wrote:
I was asked to translate a sample and send it back to them in ".doc" format.

If I wanted this job, I would have saved it in MS Word native format. If I didn't really want the job, I would have saved it as plaintext and then changed the file extension to ".doc". Asking for a document in ".doc" format is silly, really. You might as well ask for a web page in .rob format. The file extension does not determine the format, and any agency that thinks this is truly ignorant of the way computers work.

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Sol  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 19:44
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it could be your email provider or program Jun 17, 2004

I have noticed that some email providers such as AOL, and certain email programs change the extensions of the attachments, or part of the information gets "lost in the mail". If I know this happens when sending email to a specific person or company (I used to have this problem sending attachments to my brother) then I make them into a zip file first. Let them know it is a .zip file and to change the extension when they receive it if it isn't what they get. Best of luck!

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