Studio 2009: "Length cannot be less than zero"
Thread poster: Veronica Coquard

Veronica Coquard
France
Local time: 17:51
French to English
Jan 28, 2013

Hello everyone,

Back with a problem (although it's been awhile!)...

I cannot save the target content becasue of the following error: "Length cannot be less than zero / Parameter: length".

I take this to mean that I need to find this parameter and change it, but I don't know how to do so (or otherwise remedy the situation). Please help!

Thanks in advance.


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Veronica Coquard
France
Local time: 17:51
French to English
TOPIC STARTER
Update (still no better) Jan 28, 2013

I've opened Tools > Options > Verification > Length verification. Am I in the right place? I can't save the target text in spite of fiddling with these options.

I have gone back to the part of the document where my last target text was able to be processed -- a full day of work ago -- and I cannot for the life of me see a segment with nothing in it. I'm not even sure that this is what the error means.

Sending out an SOS!!

[Edited at 2013-01-28 16:02 GMT]


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David Hayes  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 17:51
Member (2009)
French to English
try these links Jan 29, 2013

This problem comes up fairly often, and I have had myself. Here are some links that will give you pointers and hopefully enable you to solve the problem. Could be something to do with subscripts/superscripts:

http://baq.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/211883-i_cant_save_target_file_in_trados_studio_2009.html

http://vls.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/192539-failed_to_save_target_content:_length_cannot_be_less_than_zero_parameter_name:_length.html


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Veronica Coquard
France
Local time: 17:51
French to English
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Thank you David! Jan 29, 2013

Hi David,

I actually gave up yesterday and copy-pasted the text onto Word (and then spent two hours re-formatting)... But it is helpful to know where the problem came from to avoid it in the future.

I believe it was the insertion of extra tags in the target text: foreign words put into italics, for example.

Thank you anyway, for hearing my SOS!

Best regards,

Veronica


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Paul Sabin  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:51
Subscript/Superscript problem Apr 8, 2014

In case this helps anyone in the future:

I just had this problem myself, and I fixed it by removing instances of subscript/superscript in the target language where they did not exist in the source.

So where the client had written CO2, I had used subscript. This was apparently causing the "Length cannot be less than zero" error.


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