Studio 2011 doesn't import Word 2010 file with weird highlighting
Thread poster: Gyula Erdész

Gyula Erdész
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Nov 6, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Yesterday I came across with a really weird .doc file. The file contains words and paragraphs highlighted with red dashed line which rotates clockwise. A screenshot:



I Googled a lot, checked all the hidden functions of my Word 2010, asked more experienced DTP specialists, without avail.

The most frustrating thing in it is that Trados Studio 2011 does not import the file, stating it contains non accepted changes, which is not true. I believe this error is related to the red markings of the source file.


Have you seen such markings?

All inputs/hints are welcome.

Regards,

Gyula


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Marching Red Ants Nov 6, 2012

Hi Giula, this must be the "Marching Red Ants" font effect: as it is absent in Word 2010, your document must have been created in Word 2003.

I suggest simply applying the format from a "normal" text somewhere around, using the format brush - this must help.

Natalia


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Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
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Marching red ants Nov 6, 2012

Gyula Erdész wrote:
Yesterday I came across with a really weird .doc file. The file contains words and paragraphs highlighted with red dashed line which rotates clockwise. A screenshot:

The "red dashed line" is the marching red ant text effect found in Word 2003 and older:




It used to be popular among Wordfast Classic users, as it is one of three possible attributes you can use to define text as untranslatable.

Word 2007/2010 won't let you add (or remove) such a text effect, but it will display it. You can add it / remove it either in an older version of Word, or via a specific macro. I happen to have such a macro (self-made), which you can see in action here:

http://screencast.com/t/SAvpCXtrSxT


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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Try Ctrl+Shift+Z Nov 6, 2012

Try highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Z - this should remove the special attributes of the text.

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Dominique Pivard  Identity Verified
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Ctrl+Shift+Z removes other formatting attributes as well Nov 6, 2012

Natalie wrote:
Try highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Z - this should remove the special attributes of the text.

That will work, but will also remove bold, italic etc.


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Gyula Erdész
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Ants killed, importing problem caused hidden changes Nov 7, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

Based on your instructions I managed to get rid of the ants. It turned out that the cause of the importing issue was something else. The .doc file contained unaccepted changes and after I did the necessary settings, Studio imported the file with no errors.

Thank you for your help.

Regards,

Gyula


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