Problems converting .tmw memory to .mdb
Thread poster: Paul Adie

Paul Adie  Identity Verified
Spanish to English
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Apr 12, 2011

Dear ProZians,

I'm having trouble converting a memory from .tmw (Trados 7) to .mdb (SDLX 2007). I have a .tmw memory and converted it to .mdb (firstly exported the .tmw as a .txt, then imported in SDLX Maintain) as I need to use SDLX 2007 for a large project. I had hoped to use an old memory for this job, but now it seems I can't use it as the files (prepared by a client) are in Latin American Spanish, and my memory is in Spanish Spanish (this sounds horrid). Also, after conversion, when I open up the memory in SDLX Maintain, there are no accents, just bits of code where letters such as á, é, and ñ should be.

I'm not expecting there to be any exact matches, but I would really like to use the old memory for concordance searches.

Any help would be appreciated.

Happy translating!



Peter Linton  Identity Verified
Local time: 01:14
Member (2002)
Swedish to English
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TMX Apr 13, 2011

This is why the TMX standard was developed. Try this:

In Trados 7 Workbench, export to "Save as type" tMX 1.4b (*.tmx)
Load the TMX file into a text editor such as Notepad++
Look for : but in your appropriate version of Spanish and check whether source or target. Amend so that languages are the ones you want. Save.

For example, I translate from Swedish to English_GB. I see:
If I needed my target to be EN-US, I simply amend EN-GB to EN-US.

Then import into SDLX.


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