Trados 2014 misreading encoding?
Thread poster: Jaime Hyland

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Nov 11, 2013

Hi all,

I am currently working with CakePHP localization files (using the *.ctp extension), translating from English into German. What each file contains is simply a large snippet of HTML.

They are encoded using bog standard UTF-8. Any text editor will display all characters correctly.

When I create a translation file from them in Trados 2014, however, the Trados Editor shows all apostrophes as "’".

When I open the file using the Windows 8 standard editor and set the Encoding to ANSI, then the editor shows apostrophes mistakenly exactly like Trados 2014. I assume therefore that Trados is parsing the file as if it were ANSI.

This appears to be confirmed by further investigation: when I open the file in Trados for translation, click on the "Advanced" tab and then on "Active Document Settings" the Source Encoding (which Trados won't let me change) is named as Western European (Windows).

Can anyone let me know how to get the apostrophes to appear correctly (and the German characters in the translation to export correctly)?

Thanks very, very much in advance,


[Edited at 2013-11-11 12:24 GMT]

[Edited at 2013-11-11 13:05 GMT]

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ZWW  Identity Verified
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I have this problem as well. Jun 11, 2016

I have this problem as well. Not sure if there is a good solution for this instead of source editing.

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