Translating .txt files in TRADOS 5.5
Thread poster: Anaviva

Anaviva  Identity Verified
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Jun 26, 2003


I have to translate a long file with extension .txt by Saturday and I'm wondering whether to do it using TRADOS (5.5. Freelance). I've only really used TRADOS with Word and HTML files and so I'm not exactly sure how to go about translating .txt files. If I had more time to investigate the issue, I wouldn't be bothering you all, but I'd be really grateful if anyone could tell me how the process works and whether it's too complicated, given the time constraints.

Many thanks.


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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At least two possibilities Jun 26, 2003

The first one is to open the txt file in Word, translate it there, than do the cleanup within Word (there is a makro called something like t*main*clean, you can see it after pressing ALT+F8 and searching in the macro list), and then savin again as plain text. Because your languages should not make problems with txt files, this is IMHO the best option.

The second one is to open the text in Editor, start Trados and T-Window for Clipboard, and then set the T-Window do automatically activate after pressing CTRL+C and automatically copying the translated segment to clipboard after pressing ALT+END. Then you only need to select sentence by sentence, press CTRL+C, translate the sentence in T-Window, press ALT+END, then you should return to Editor, where you paste your translated sentence by pressing CTRL+V.
This option ma be not very good suitable for this case, because it affords a lot of clicking/pressing shortkeys, but IT WORKS ALLWAYS with ANY format you have. Even translating text within Corel Draw pictures and similar is possible in this way.

Kind regards

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xxxHirschmann  Identity Verified
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Much simpler solution Jul 30, 2003

Open the text file (.txt) with Word, save it as a Word file (.doc), translate it, do a clean-up, and save the cleaned Word file as a text file (.txt).

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