How should I convert a SDLXLIFF-file for translating it in OmegaT in Linux?
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Fredrik Pettersson  Identity Verified
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Jan 30, 2013

How should I convert a SDLXLIFF-file for translating it in OmegaT in Linux?

I have a colleague I have outsourced a job to, and sent him five SDLXLIFF-files to translate in his OmegaT in Linux. But he can't open the files. I tried the SDLXLIFF to legacy converter, and tried all four alternatives for the file format: doc, docx, ttx and tmx. I received an error message when trying to convert to doc and docx, so only ttx and tmx worked. But the tmx-converted files only contain 1 kB each, so I think that conversion didn't work. And my colleague can't open the ttx file.

I read something about having to segment SDLXLIFF-files before being able to open them in OmegaT. So I wonder if I'm using the right tool for this?

Also, I did the ALT plus SHIFT plus INSERT in Studio 2011 to copy all source to target.

But my colleague still can't open these five SDLXLIFF-files.

This is the error message I get when trying to convert to doc and docx:

[Edited at 2013-01-30 17:05 GMT]

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John Holland  Identity Verified
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A few ideas Jan 31, 2013

Here are two ideas, from :

Check to see that the source and target languages correspond to the ones in the Trados file
Make sure the OmegaT user is using the Okapi filters plug-in rather than the OmegaT native one for sdlxliff files

IN addition, maybe it would be useful to make sure the user has a recent version of OmegaT installed.

If none of that helps, I'd suggest posting at the Yahoo forum linked above.

[Edited at 2013-01-31 09:48 GMT]

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Jean-Christophe Helary
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SDLXLIFF in OmegaT Jan 31, 2013

In Trados, just make sure that you use the "Translation" > "Copy all source to target" function to fill the target field *and* segment the file.

That is important to open the file in OmegaT.

Once you have done that, send the file to your co-worker and there should be no problem working on the file with the default XLIFF filter.

I do that all the time for sdlxliff files that I receive from clients.

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