Join segments during translation
Thread poster: Orsolya Bugar-Buday

Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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Jun 25, 2013

Dear All,

I wonder if it is possible to join source segments during translation in SDL Trados 2011. MemoQ has such function, and I find it terribly useful, especially with poorly edited source texts.

Thank you in advance for your replies.
Best regards from Budapest,
Orsolya


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Peter Nicholson  Identity Verified
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Ctrl + Alt + S Jun 25, 2013

Hello Orsolya,

To merge two or more segments (in Studio 2009), highlight the segments and then use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + S.

To split a segment, place the cursor in the right place and use the shortcut Alt + Shift + T.

I often use these functions in 2009, hopefully they will work for you in 2011.

Peter


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Orrin Cummins  Identity Verified
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Just a heads up Jun 25, 2013

If the segments were separated by a hard return in the source document, you won't be able to join them (the option will be greyed out from the right-click menu). Unfortunately, this is often the case precisely on those segments that you would like to combine.

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Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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Oh dear Jun 25, 2013

And this is exactly what happened.

Dear colleagues, thank you anyway for the help.

Orrin Cummins wrote:

If the segments were separated by a hard return in the source document, you won't be able to join them (the option will be greyed out from the right-click menu). Unfortunately, this is often the case precisely on those segments that you would like to combine.


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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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workaround Jun 25, 2013

Orrin Cummins wrote:

If the segments were separated by a hard return in the source document, you won't be able to join them (the option will be greyed out from the right-click menu).


True. I suggested a workaround to "pseudo-merge" segments separated by a hard return at the end of point 1 in my blog post:
http://signsandsymptomsoftranslation.com/2012/07/18/sp2/

Maybe that will help Orsolya?


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Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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Great blog, Emma! Jun 26, 2013

Emma, good morning, and thank you for the link to your blog. I find it extremely useful, so I'll be a follower, for sure!

As for pseudo-merge: I understand the way it works, however I have a doubt. What will happen to the segment you copied the text from (to paste it into another segment)? Will it remain empty?

Emma Goldsmith wrote:
True. I suggested a workaround to "pseudo-merge" segments separated by a hard return at the end of point 1 in my blog post:
http://signsandsymptomsoftranslation.com/2012/07/18/sp2/

Maybe that will help Orsolya?


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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Empty segment issue Jun 26, 2013

Orsolya Bugar-Buday wrote:

What will happen to the segment you copied the text from (to paste it into another segment)? Will it remain empty?



Good question! I add a space to the target segment. This was discussed in a thread here a little while back:
http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/229256-studio_2011_sp2_possible_to_merge_segments_across_paragraph_marks.html#1984400

I'm glad you've found my blog useful. It's comments like yours that makes blog writing worthwhile!


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Orsolya Bugar-Buday  Identity Verified
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. Jun 26, 2013

Thank you, Emma. I will give it a try next time I face such problem.

As for your blog - as I said, I find it extremely useful, so I will most definitely recommend it to colleagues at our association (MFTE - Association of Hungarian Translators and Interpreters).


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