Create new termbase field type in MemoQ?
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Languageman  Identity Verified
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Hi,

I'm currently building a termbase in MemoQ (2013 R2) and would like to add a new field. Specifically, I would like a field to store the source reference (hyperlink, name of dictionary, etc.). Surprisingly, to me, this is not one of the default fields.

How can I add a new field?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Stephen


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Note field Aug 30, 2016

There's a Note field in which you can put any information you want.

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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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btw Aug 30, 2016

John Fossey wrote:

There's a Note field in which you can put any information you want.


URLs entered into the Note field are also clickable from inside memoQ, which is very handy.

Michael


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Need a new field, not a note field Aug 30, 2016

John Fossey wrote:

There's a Note field in which you can put any information you want.


Hi John,

Thanks for the reply. I'm aware of the Note field. What I need to do is create a brand new field though i.e. so it appears as a separate column with it's own name.


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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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this cannot be done Aug 30, 2016

Languageman wrote:

John Fossey wrote:

There's a Note field in which you can put any information you want.


Hi John,

Thanks for the reply. I'm aware of the Note field. What I need to do is create a brand new field though i.e. so it appears as a separate column with it's own name.


The only solution I know of is to use a field you are not currently using as if it were what you wanted it to be. So if you need an URL field, and you are not using the src or trgt Definition fields, use one of them.

Michael


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One possible work around Aug 31, 2016

You could possibly try exporting your existing termbase as an excel format. Then open it in excel and add a column for the hyperlink. Then reimport this excel file into a fresh termbase. This way you will get a termbase with the required hyperlink field.

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Thanks for the confirmation Aug 31, 2016

Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer wrote:

The only solution I know of is to use a field you are not currently using as if it were what you wanted it to be. So if you need an URL field, and you are not using the src or trgt Definition fields, use one of them.

Michael


Thanks for confirming that this is not possible and the workaround suggestion. It seems strange to me that new fields cannot be defined, but glad to know I wasn't missing something!


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Thanks for the suggestion Aug 31, 2016

Balasubramaniam L. wrote:

You could possibly try exporting your existing termbase as an excel format. Then open it in excel and add a column for the hyperlink. Then reimport this excel file into a fresh termbase. This way you will get a termbase with the required hyperlink field.


Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't think this works. I tried doing it this way initially, but I still have to specify a mapping from the Excel column to a MemoQ field. Unfortunately the only MemoQ fields available are the predefined ones — there is no option to use the title from the spreadsheet.


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new fields cannot be added in memoQ Aug 31, 2016

Balasubramaniam L. wrote:

You could possibly try exporting your existing termbase as an excel format. Then open it in excel and add a column for the hyperlink. Then reimport this excel file into a fresh termbase. This way you will get a termbase with the required hyperlink field.


Sadly. However, it does help keep things simple.

Michael


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Feature request Aug 31, 2016

You can submit it to Kilgray as a feature request, by sending an email to support@kilgray.com

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Good idea Aug 31, 2016

John Fossey wrote:

You can submit it to Kilgray as a feature request, by sending an email to support@kilgray.com


Thanks for the tip, I might just do that.


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CD_Schuster
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Only qTerm has the desired feature Sep 2, 2016

This may not be of much use to you in terms of solving the problem, but might be interesting nevertheless:

There is a memoQ server add-on called "qTerm", which covers the ability to add more fields and also has other features missing in normal memoQ terminology databases. However, you require a memoQ server and thus additional cost is involved.

https://www.memoq.com/qterm-professional-terminology-management



And to expand on the suggested workaround in one of the previous answers: If you need an extra field, you can also enter information as "Klingon", for example. This gives you a few more extra fields for general term entry information. Not very neat, but better than nothing.


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Thanks, that is interesting Sep 2, 2016

CD_Schuster wrote:

... There is a memoQ server add-on called "qTerm", which covers the ability to add more fields and also has other features missing in normal memoQ terminology databases. However, you require a memoQ server and thus additional cost is involved.

https://www.memoq.com/qterm-professional-terminology-management...


Thanks that is interesting and kind of explains why it's not possible if they see this as a premium feature. I'm not sure I agree with them: adding fields is not something that I see as only being of interest in multi-user environments, notwithstanding that the omission of a source reference field as a default is something of an oversight anyway.

As an aside, If found the stats on the relationship between cost and the stage at which terminology is dealt with to be very interesting.


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