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Thread poster: Chunyi Chen

Chunyi Chen
United States
Local time: 23:47
English to Chinese
Jul 12, 2007

A PM approached me and asked me to do an editing job for a translation. This PM said they would need a TM back when I delivered my edited translation. I have never been asked to provide a TM as an editor, and with my limited CAT experiences, I only know that you can update a TM if you edited from an uncleaned Trados file. And as far as I know, the PM was going to send me both a cleaned file and an uncleaned file to edit, without sending the TM the translator created. So my question is, is it possible for me as an editor to provide a TM using the existing uncleaned translation file?The PM claimed that their editors always provide them with TMs, and I wonder if she knows what she is talking about. (Maybe I am the ignorant one here:)
Thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge with me!


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Local time: 07:47
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Answer Jul 12, 2007

If you receive the uncleaned file, simply create a new TM your side and run the translation through that, revising (editing) as you go along.

As you open each segment of the uncleaned doc and revise it, it is added to the new TM you've created.

The resultant TM (i.e. once you've finished your revision) is what they are looking for.

You can export the TM for them when you send back the clean file.

Hope this helps
Deborah

[Edited at 2007-07-12 17:12]


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Chunyi Chen
United States
Local time: 23:47
English to Chinese
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uncleaned file means back up file? Jul 12, 2007

Thank you, Deborah, for your information, which is indeed very helpful. (so it proves I was the ignorant one:)

When you said "uncleaned" file, did you refer to the .bak file Trados creates when you clean up a file, or did you mean the file you were working on before you "clean" it up with Trados? I would like to know so that I know what to send to a client in case I am asked to deliver an "uncleaned" file in the future.

Thanks again.


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Lawyer-Linguist  Identity Verified
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Answer Jul 12, 2007

Chun-yi Chen wrote:

Thank you, Deborah, for your information, which is indeed very helpful. (so it proves I was the ignorant one:)

When you said "uncleaned" file, did you refer to the .bak file Trados creates when you clean up a file, or did you mean the file you were working on before you "clean" it up with Trados? I would like to know so that I know what to send to a client in case I am asked to deliver an "uncleaned" file in the future.

Thanks again.



Uncleaned file = the file before clean-up

Take care
Deborah


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gianfranco  Identity Verified
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Keep a copy somewhere before running a clean-up Jul 12, 2007

Chun-yi Chen wrote:
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When you said "uncleaned" file, did you refer to the .bak file Trados creates when you clean up a file, or did you mean the file you were working on before you "clean" it up with Trados?
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Yes, but I would advise another method.

Before starting the clean-up, put away a copy of the original file, uncleaned, and clearly renamed as "original file - Uncleaned.doc" or something of this effect.

When you clean-up the other copy of your Word file, a .bak file is indeed created, but you can ignore or delete it. You will have your original copy safely stored elsewhere.

Using this simple procedure, the result may be the same, but you operate on a file that is not the only and unique copy of your work, and if something goes wrong you can always rely on the original, even if Trados hits a problem and destroys the file, or refuses to produce a .bak file, or the power to the PC is interrupted in the middle of this operation.

Any of these may happen and the files may be irreparably corrupted. It is just a simple precaution when closing the job, and it may be crucial to save it.

bye
Gianfranco


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Chunyi Chen
United States
Local time: 23:47
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Thank you, thank you, and thank you!!! Jul 12, 2007

Thank you so much, Deborah and Gianfranco, for sharing your expertise with me. There is so much for me to learn as a Trados novice user, and your input has certainly made this learning process easier!

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