Trados Studio: Double-byte space
Thread poster: yelliott

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Dec 24, 2011

I am using Trados Studio 2011.

A double-byte space and a single-byte space look the same in the editor. Is there any way to display double-byte spaces differently or to check double-byte spaces contained in the translated segment?

Thank you in advance.


Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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In MS Word + hidden text display Dec 25, 2011

I always briefly get rid of this issue by selecting all in Editor and paste in MS Word + hidden text display to see double byte spaces. It is quick.
For short statements, use "double-byte" space search and replace to quickly mend it.
Soonthon Lupkitaro


Michael Grant
Local time: 16:53
Japanese to English
One of the reasons why I like WF Classic or Trados Workbench better than Studio... Dec 26, 2011

...but that's neither here nor there...

Along the line already suggested: if your source file is a Word document, I would use "Save Target As..." instead of copying and pasting from Trados Studio, just to make sure nothing is missed.

In Word(2000/2003/2007), you can easily create a macro to do this:


Sub FindReplaceDBSpaces()
With Selection.Find
.Text = " " ' <== Double-byte space here
.Replacement.Text = " " ' <== Single-byte space here
.Forward = True
.Wrap = wdFindContinue
.Format = True
.MatchCase = False
.MatchWholeWord = False
.MatchByte = False
.MatchAllWordForms = False
.MatchSoundsLike = False
.MatchFuzzy = False
.MatchWildcards = True
End With
Selection.Find.Execute Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End Sub

Ideally you would create a [Standard module] using the VBEditor with your and paste the code into it, but you can also just paste the above code in the [ThisDocument] section of the VBEditor (Alt+F11) in any document, and run the macro "FindReplaceDBSpaces" from the Macros dialog box (Alt+F8). (Always work on a copy of the .doc so you don't risk losing any work!!!)

If you decide to try the above Word macro, let me know if you have any problems.



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Word is the only solution.. Dec 29, 2011

Thank you very much for your suggestions!

It is very disappointing that Studio does not support double-byte space handling. I decided to use a Word macro and Studio QA checker.

Yukari Ando


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