symbols in Trados
Thread poster: Martina Amstutz

Martina Amstutz  Identity Verified
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Oct 23, 2008

I have an annoying problem. I received an export file with a very large TM from someone who uses Trados version 7. I just opened a new memory in my Trados version 6.5 and imported the export file, but now most of the special symbols appear in a strange way. Example:

Toutes les tâches liées à l\rquote octroi du brevet sont confiées à une commission chargée de l\rquote assurance qualité (instead of ' \quote appears).

Someone once suggested to use the function "search and replace", but this is a memory of around 100.000 units, so it would take me hours to do that. Is there a simpler solution?

Looking forward to your suggestions,
Martina


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ViktoriaG  Identity Verified
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Try emEditor Oct 23, 2008

Look up emEditor at download.com and install it. Make sure you get the free version. Actually, it is not really a free version, because after 30 days of usage, it gives you a nag message when you open it. It asks you if you are going to buy emEditor soon - just say yes, and it will let you keep using it.

emEditor is a Notepad replacement. It will do a bunch of things that Notepad will not do. Its biggest advantage for translators is that it can handle huge files very easily. While Notepad crashes on search and replace operations of TMs that contain more than a few thousand units, emEditor is absolutely stable and lightning fast.

So, what you would need to do is download and install emEditor, open the exported .txt TM in it and do a search and replace operation where you specify that all occurrences of \rquote need to be replaced by a French apostrophe. Once you are done, just in case, run a search for the slash character to see if there are any other French characters that are not showing correctly, and search and replace those as well using the same method.

This should fix it all. I am very happy with emEditor, and although I could keep using it free with the nag message, I think it deserved the $40 investment. It is on my list of software to buy before the year is over (I am just too swamped at the moment to buy and upgrade software, and my accounting is also lagging behind).

All the best!


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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Looks like an encoding problem Oct 24, 2008


I have an annoying problem. I received an export file with a very large TM from someone who uses Trados version 7. I just opened a new memory in my Trados version 6.5 and imported the export file, but now most of the special symbols appear in a strange way.


I am assuming you received a TXT export file.
In that case, what would probably resolve your problem is this:
Open the TXT file in Notepad, and then save it as an ANSI txt file.
Then try importing it into a new Trados 6.5 TM.

If that does not work, then you will need to ask your client (or whoever gave you the TM) to recreate the export as a Trados 6 version export.
It is possible, on the export dialog ther is a pull-down list to pick the version.


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