Passolo SRX segmenter bugs
Thread poster: Evzen
Oct 19, 2014

Posted this to Passolo User Forum, but it seems rather quiet, so I'm reposting here in a hope that it gets noticed by relevant people...

I tried to set up a simple Passolo project with HTML and Java properties files (with sentence level segmentation) and German as source language.
And Passolo created a zillion of totally wrong entries segmented after German abbreviations like z.B. or d.h. and others icon_eek.gif.

After some research I found the following bugs in SRX segmenter add-in:
  1. New/edited segmentation rules are not stored. This is because Passolo.srx file is stored in Passolo System folder, which is not writable for non-admin users...
    As far as I can see, this serious bug is still present even in Passolo 2015 icon_eek.gif
    It was reported back in 2010 already:

  2. SRX language-specific rules don't work out-of-the-box. With the default languagepattern="[Dd][Ee].*" definition Passolo does NOT recognize German language.
    Only after adding languagepattern="[Gg][Ee][Rr].*" mapping Passolo finally started using the German rules. It looks like a bug - Passolo should use the ISO language abbreviation for matching the language pattern, not the language name (like German (Germany)).
    The help file states that Passolo uses only the "Default" language rules... hmmm, so why would the SRX file contain the other languages definition then?!
    To me it looks like no one in Passolo/Trados/SDL really understood how the languagepattern should be actually configured, so they added this weird sentence to the help file to cover their backs... :-\

  3. The set of segmentation rules provided in default SRX file is totally insufficient and results in a lot of wrongly segmented text.
    Can't you guys simply take the ruiles, abbreviations list, etc. from Studio?! One would expect that products of the same company work the same way...

  4. The default segmentation rules exceptions definitions are rather incorrect - they all start with "\s", so abbreviations inside parentheses (like "blabla (z.B. bleble)") are not recognized and result in segment break.

  5. It would make sense that the Passolo.srx file written by Passolo keeps the XML structured/indented formatting like the original default file, so that it's still comfortably editable in e.g. Notepad.
    Currently Passolo writes it is a single huuuuge line which makes it pretty unusable in plaintext editors icon_frown.gif

In the end I had to drop Passolo and move the project to Studio...
I found pretty alarming that such expensive tool like Passolo has such essential functional bugs... which apparently exist for a very long time icon_eek.gif


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