Limited number of characters per line
Thread poster: Inga Jokubauske

Inga Jokubauske  Identity Verified
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Jun 19, 2015

Hello,
Can anyone please tell me if there is a way to set a maximum number of characters allowed per line (not per segment) in SDL Trados? Thanks! (I am using SDL Trados 2011)


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Two questions Jun 21, 2015

Hi Inga,

What's a line if it's not a segment?

What's the filetype?

Regards

Paul
SDL Community Support


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Inga Jokubauske  Identity Verified
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limited number of characters per line Jun 21, 2015

SDL Community wrote:

Hi Inga,

What's a line if it's not a segment?

What's the filetype?

Regards

Paul
SDL Community Support


Hi Paul,

Source sentences can be long, but the target text needs to be broken down to be no longer than xx number of characters per line.
I.e., Source: A long sentence like this one would need to be translated like that.
Target: A long sentence
like this one
would need to be translated
like that.

xliff or ttx files.


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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An idea Jun 21, 2015

Inga Jokubauske wrote:
Source sentences can be long, but the target text needs to be broken down to be no longer than xx number of characters per line.


An idea: set the target text to a monospace font, and then resize the target column to the required maximum characters. Enable display of non-printing characters (spaces, line breaks, etc).


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E_Kelly
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Soft break Jun 21, 2015

Press "Shift+Enter".
They call it "Soft break".

Now, one can imagine "Soft break warning".

When you finish a target segment and go to the next one,
the machine (SDL Traods Studio) knows all of it.
It can calculate the length of the target segment you just typed in.
So, it can warn/tell/inform you about it.
And If you want, it can go back to the segment you just finished automatically.
OR, soft break it into several shorter sentences as you wanted(You may call it "Auto breaker").

You can use this functionlity.
Ask the company, they can do it very easily.


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Not so simple Jun 22, 2015

Hi Inga,

In this case it's not so simple to check. The best approach might be the very practical solution suggested by Samuel so you can immediately see if you typed too many characters per line because the text will wrap.

If it was an XML file you might have been able to do something similar with a realtime preview using a stylesheet... so I had the same thought process as Samuel. But his idea is much better!!

I think Jaesang might be confusing soft-returns with hard-returns, and even so Studio would not return the character count for each line unless they were in separate segments.

Regards

Paul
SDL Community Support


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