Angle quotes instead of straight quotes
Thread poster: Profdoc
Profdoc
Local time: 08:50
Swedish to English
Mar 1, 2011

A colleague of mine, translating from Swedish to Norwegian in memoQ, has run in to the following problem: she gets angle quotes (») instead of straight style quotes (") when she presses the quotation mark key (shift+2). She wants straight style quotes. How do you solve this?

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
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Easy Mar 2, 2011

Just disable the angle quotes in memoQ as follows:

Menu Translation > AutoCorect > disable the "Replace straight quotes with smart quotes" checkbox.

This should do it!


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Profdoc
Local time: 08:50
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Thanks! Mar 2, 2011

That did it!

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Epameinondas Soufleros  Identity Verified
Greece
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The next step Mar 2, 2011

The next step would be to add regex support in Find & Replace, so that the translator can convert the straight quotes to the correct typographic ones, as needed. For example, the 'normal' quotes in Greek (and in other languages) are «». However, when you need to enclose a foreign word in quotation marks, you'd better use those: “”. So, the "Replace straight quotes with smart quotes" checkbox is not of much help in such situations. This could be easily fixed once regexes are supported in Find & Replace or once memoQ becomes so intelligent as to recognize whether the character following an opening quotation mark and preceding a closing quoation mark is of the Greek or of the Latin alphabet, and change the quotation marks accordingly. This 'language-awareness' and 'language-adaptiveness' would also allow memoQ to check your translation using the dictionaries of more than one language. It should check for spelling errors using at least two dictionaries: the one of your target language and the one of your source language. I can't see why this hasn't happened so far. Word does it with "detect language automatically", and so should a CAT tool, given that all too often we have to copy parts of the source text into our translations.

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ahmet alpan  Identity Verified
Turkey
Local time: 10:50
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Thanks! Dec 10, 2016

Thanks!

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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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also very useful: Dec 10, 2016

http://www.translatortools.net/word-quotationmagic.html

Michael


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