File naming conventions
Thread poster: Rahi Moosavi

Rahi Moosavi  Identity Verified
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Feb 10, 2005

I was wondering if members could share the file naming conventions they use in practice. I know that some clients force us to use their own conventions but many of us have systems of our own and use them invariably for our jobs.

I personally add: (Language name)(Revision #) at the end of my file names and if it's a CAT job, I use {Clean) or (Unclean) also to differentiate between the files.

Looking forward to hear from you.

Regards,
Rahi


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Linn Arvidsson  Identity Verified
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File naming Feb 10, 2005

Rahi Moosavi wrote:


I was wondering if members could share the file naming conventions they use in practice.


I add "_SV" (since I translate into Swedish) at the end of the file name if the client has not asked for a specific system. If it is a CAT-job I add "_SV_clean" and "_SV_uncelan"

/Linn

[Edited at 2005-02-10 12:12]


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Sonja Tomaskovic  Identity Verified
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I try to avoid that Feb 10, 2005

I try to avoid changing file names because some clients don't want me to change the file name at all.

Therefore I usually create a set of folders for each project, which are named differently depending on the job and whether I use a CAT tool or not (different sets of folders for each CAT I use).

Usually, I have a folder with the originals, one with the translated files, one where I put my revisions into and one final folder.

If I use a CAT tool, I usually create an additional uncleaned folder.

Sonja


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lien
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I don't change the file name Feb 10, 2005

The client has a raison to have chosen this name for the file, I just add "Translation FR" before the name.

Translation FR file name.doc


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mónica alfonso  Identity Verified
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I never change file names Feb 10, 2005

Unless the client expressly asks me to do so.
For many agencies a change in a filename is considered a negative point regarding the translator's rating.
What I do is to open different folders within the job folder (Source, Translation, Edition, Cleaned files, etc.) where I store the different versions of files.
HTHH

[Edited at 2005-02-10 14:49]


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Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
Ireland
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what I do Feb 10, 2005

Unless instructed otherwise, I keep the original file name/project number with EN (for translation into English) in front of it.

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Linn Arvidsson  Identity Verified
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But... Feb 10, 2005

lien wrote:

The client has a raison to have chosen this name for the file, I just add "Translation FR" before the name.

Translation FR file name.doc


That that _is_ changing the file name, at least in my book.


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Stefan Keller  Identity Verified
Germany
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Never change file names Feb 10, 2005

Hi Rahi,

I would never change a file name unless explicitly told to do so by the client.

Think of web sites with hyperlinks pointing to other files: If your file is one of the "other" files, clicking the link will result in "404 Page not found".

If the client needs to manage several language versions of the same file, be sure they've got their methods to keep track of them. Otherwise they will explicitly instruct you to change the file name.

Just my thoughts,
Stefan


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lien
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No Feb 10, 2005

Linn Arvidsson wrote:

lien wrote:

The client has a raison to have chosen this name for the file, I just add "Translation FR" before the name.

Translation FR file name.doc


That that _is_ changing the file name, at least in my book.


because the file corresponding to this /file name/ is not my translation, it is the original in english.


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Stefan Keller  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes Feb 10, 2005

lien wrote:

because the file corresponding to this /file name/ is not my translation, it is the original in english.


Changing only 1 character *IS* changing the file name = renaming the file. Sorry, but I totally agree with Linn.


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