Problem editing terms in MultiTerm 7 imported from MT Convert
Thread poster: rthomas

rthomas  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:10
German to English
Jul 10, 2008

Hi there,

I've come across a problem that I can't seem to resolve through the existing ProZ forums or MultiTerm help.

I've imported a few terms from Excel into my German/English termbase using MultiTerm Convert. The conversion and import seemed to go ok, but I now can't edit the English parts of the entries that I've just added. When I now right-click on the English term and click Edit, the existing English term disappears and an empty box appears next to the field 'English'. If I re-enter the term in the new field and exit Edit mode, I then end up with two English versions of the same term.

It's probably relevant to mention that the English text is blue where I've added a new term via the Word interface or by entering it directly in MultiTerm, but black in the terms that I've imported via MT Convert. I should also mention that I'm able to edit the German text without any problems, regardless of how I created the entry.

I'm sure I've done something daft, but I can't work out what! Any help would be much appreciated...

Thanks,

Richard.


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Vito Smolej
Germany
Local time: 10:10
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English to Slovenian
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grasping for straws Jul 10, 2008

... but it could be something as stupid as "english" instead of "English", or "EN" instead of "EN_EN" in some inoccuous index field in Convert.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to Spanish
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Converted index fields as descriptive fields? Jul 11, 2008

I'm just guessing, but something similar happened to me in the past, and the reason was that I had left some index field as descriptive field in the conversion process. You might want to redo the conversion and import if possible.

Vito is also right: Multiterm Convert is very picky about names of fields. You might want to double-check that the field names as defined in Excel are exactly the same (with no spaces before, after, same use of case...) than in the Multiterm termbase definition.


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rthomas  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:10
German to English
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working again now, but I don't know why! Jul 11, 2008

Thanks Vito, thanks Tomás...

I think the index/descriptive fields were defined correctly in MultiTerm Convert, as far as I can tell.

In the end I deleted the uneditable entries from my termbase (one at a time, though happily there were only twenty or so). I then exported the remaining entries to XML, created a new termbase and re-imported the XML file. When I then MultiTerm Convert-ed the same twenty entries and re-imported them, it worked fine and I can now edit the English terms.

All of which means that I still don't know what I did wrong, but maybe one day I'll understand.

Thanks again for your help.

Richard.


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