Translating Word with Tag Editor
Thread poster: Stanislaw Czech, MCIL

Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Jun 29, 2009

How much sense does it make to translate in Tag Editor documents which could be translated in Word?

Do you find Word environment more friendly or prefer to translate everything in Tag Editor?

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Helen Matthews  Identity Verified
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Depends on type of text, but.... Jun 29, 2009

This is sth I've come up against very recently, in fact...

I have to admit I absolutely loathe translating texts of a more 'literary' nature in tag editor. The way I usually work (draft version then re-read hiding the original text to make it sound natural), tag editor is an absolute nightmare, and I'm sure the end result isn't as good.

On the other hand, I have on the odd occasion chosen to translate a word document with tag editor, where it's contained lots of text boxes, tables, odd formatting etc... and generally speaking we're talking about more technical documents in this case.

From what I gather, the new version of Trados isn't going to let us translate word documents directly in word any moreicon_frown.gif so we're going to have to use tag editor.... and this is 'progress'?

Perhaps someone out there can explain the benefits to me of using tag editor for 'normal', more 'literary' translations? (novels, press releases etc. etc.)


Inga Jakobi  Identity Verified
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TagEditor for word files with complex formatting Jun 29, 2009


I actually prefer the word environment, but (like Helen) I choose TagEditor for word files that contain many text boxes, tables, enumerations etc. just because complex formatting can cause a lot of trouble when translating in word. Although it may take some time to get used to TagEditor, it makes translation faster and less complicated when it is not just a plain text without any special "features".




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