Trados problem with word order
Thread poster: Pawel Smorczewski

Pawel Smorczewski
Local time: 18:47
English to Polish
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Jan 17, 2007

I've posted this topic on SLT Trados technical support forum but nobody seemed to be interested in giving me an answer. Maybe some of you use Trados and have experienced this kind of a problem, so here goes:
I'm using Trados 6.5 and I experience a peculiar problem when translating an Arabic text into Polish. Haven't tried into other languages by the way.
As I open a segment the first Arabic word becomes the last in the open segment highlighted in MS Word. The rest of the sentence remains unchanged. However, the whole sentence retains its original word order when I look at the Translator's Workbench source language box.
When I work with other language pairs this problem does not occur.
The thing is annoying and I don't really know how it affects TM because I'm a beginner in this pair with Trados.
Does anybody have any suggestions of what the solution to this problem might be?


Ahmad Hassaballa  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:47
Member (2005)
German to Arabic
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Align the text to right Jan 17, 2007

Hello Ismipawel,

In think you need first to select the whole text (Ctrl + A) and choose the right alignment for it: Select Format > Paragraph and Direction: Right-to-left in your word file.

Don't worry about the TM.. the text remains correct in it. You can make sure by selecting File > Maintenance > Begin from the TM.

I hope this worksicon_smile.gif

Kind regards,



Local time: 18:47
English to Arabic
Show/Hide Paragraph Mark Jan 21, 2007

Hi ismipawel & Ahmad

Try to use the "Show/hide Paragraph mark" option from the tool bar. You can also do that by pressing (Ctrl + Shift + 8).

note: 8 from the main key set not from the numbers pad.



Pawel Smorczewski
Local time: 18:47
English to Polish
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Mystery solved Jan 22, 2007


Thank you for your ideas, I really appreciate the help, but none of them actually worked. The solution was something simpler than that and more obvious as well. It turns out that if you want to work with different languages in Word you'd better have proper language settings:)

So all I needed to do is go to Start->All Programs->Microsoft Office->Microsoft Office Tools->Language Settings and install some additional data so that my Word could work properly:) [read that in MS Word help]
I had the Arabic keybord settings but the program did not recognise my text as a right-to-left language, hence the bizzare 'jumping' of words.

Talking about a newbie, huh?

Thank you,


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