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Trados & text recognition in the absence of source text
Thread poster: Stacy Macaulay

Stacy Macaulay
Germany
Local time: 09:29
Member (2005)
German to English
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Aug 12, 2005

I'm completing a large hard-copy translation meaning there is no software source text to translate, instead I have to type the text in.

Since the document is very large and some paragraphs will be repeated probably hundreds of times, I'm wondering if there is a way that Trados can be of use in this scenario.

Is there a way that trados can recognize that I'm starting an identical paragraph and then automatically give me the option insert the paragraph/element/table or whatever it is that is repeating?

So in short: no source text-how to insert recurrent repititions without having to copy and paste from other documents (active suggestion of repeated paragraphs/other elements).

My sincere thanks!

Stacy Macaulay


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Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 09:29
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Use OCR Aug 12, 2005

Is there a way that trados can recognize that I'm starting an identical paragraph and then automatically give me the option insert the paragraph/element/table or whatever it is that is repeating?


No, Trados can't do that. I suggest you use OCR to convert the printed original document to an editable file first. From your description, it will be probably worth the effort.


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:29
German to Spanish
It is maybe... Aug 12, 2005

something like this what you are looking for?

http://www.tucows.com/preview/231379


Rgds


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Eva Blanar  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 09:29
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An old-fashioned way Aug 12, 2005

If you are sure there are whole, fully identical paragraphs that are repeated over and over again, in Word, you can create an "autotext" entry (in Tools -> AutoCorrect), so as soon as you type a certain word or combination in the text (such as txt1 or ppp or w3), Word will automatically insert that text.
Alternatively, you can put the same sign in those places and when you are ready, you can replace those (Edit -> Replace -> Replace all).
It is only important that the letter+digit combination you use shall be something unique, not similar to the language in question and watch out with spaces.
I always worked like that (prior to my CATs), it's easy.

Best regards,

Eva


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