Cleaning translated files to retrieve original
Thread poster: cailin

German to English
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Feb 7, 2003


I was wondering if anyone had any tricks on how to retrieve the original text from a BAK file. I know when you clean a translated Word doc. you are supposed to be left with just the translation in that Word doc. and the bilingual segments remain in the BAK file. But is there any way (apart from copying and pasting the original segment by segment) of separating it from the translation?


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:26
English to German
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Use "Search and Replace" Feb 7, 2003

Two solutions I can think of:

You could go through the document, opening each segment and using the \"Restore Source\" command on each. Not that bad if you use the keyboard shortcuts, but not a real solution for a large document.

Alternatively, why don\'t you use \"Search and Replace\", first searching for characters formatted in the target language and replacing them with nothing. Repeat the procedure with the Trados tags (use the corresponding format template to search). This should leave you with the source text. Two important things to note:

1. Make a backup copy before you do this.

2. When you\'ve finished, you may consider copying everything unformatted into a new file (to get rid of any residual formatting that might lead to problems when working with the document).

HTH - best regards, Ralf

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Alison Schwitzgebel
Local time: 01:26
Member (2002)
German to English
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Here goes.... Feb 7, 2003

Take your bak file, copy it (in case this all goes horribly wrong!)

Make a new memory (NM1).

Clean copy of bak file into NM1

Export content of NM1.

Create another new memory (NM2), this time with the language pairs the other way round.

Import content of NM1 into NM2.

Translate your cleaned file using NM2.

It ought to work (in theory, tho I admit I\'ve never tried it).



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sylver  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:26
English to French
Why not... Feb 7, 2003

Assuming you are using wordfast or trados,

do a find and replace as follow:

Find: \\*\\

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German to English
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Thanks very much Feb 11, 2003

I\'m very impressed by the suggestions but think I\'ll go with Alison\'s for the moment as it seems a little less technical! I\'ll let you know how I get on.

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