Help to write a Regex to convert strings into into placeholders.
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Ben Senior  Identity Verified
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Apr 22, 2016

I have several large files which I need to translate, some are word documents (docx) and others are plain text files (txt). In both of these file types there are sequences of characters which must not be changed and I wanted them to be recognised as non-translatable placeholders, but I can't find the correct regex to do it.

The sequence always starts and ends with an angle bracket and in between there is a mixture of numbers and letters, which can be either upper or lower case. Typical strings could look like or .

Any help in putting together a regex and how to insert it into the file type and where would be a great help.

Ben

[Edited at 2016-04-22 17:46 GMT]


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TechStyle  Identity Verified
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Regexes Apr 22, 2016

Regexes can be handy tools - your examples got eaten by ProZ's forum software, probably too much like HTML. If there can't be spaces, only letters and numbers, then:

(left angle bracket) [a-zA-Z0-9]+ (right angle bracket)

should do what you're after (I've spelled out the two brackets to avoid them getting eaten). Inside the square brackets, you can have a list of acceptable characters; the plus on the end indicates we want one or more of them.


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Ben Senior  Identity Verified
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Missing angle brackets Apr 22, 2016

ProZ ate the angle brackets? Thanks for tip James.
I will try it out tomorrow when I get back on my computer.

Ben


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Jan Truper
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Helpful regex website Apr 23, 2016

I found this website to be really useful for all kinds of regex issues:

https://regex101.com


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Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
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Other threads Apr 23, 2016

Other threads on this topic will probably give you more clues, in addition to James's suggestion:
http://www.proz.com/forum/sdl_trados_support/301153-regex_to_turn_tags_into_actual_studio_tags.html


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Ben Senior  Identity Verified
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Thank you Apr 23, 2016

Thank you James for the good tip.

@ Jan,
Vielen Dank. A great site, I managed to write three important, for me at least, regular expressions and test them. At least I know that they should work in Studio.

@ Emma,
As ever, thanks for your words of wisdom and your link. Although I have seen that link before it now makes a lot more sense because I know a little about regular expressions.


Next week I will see if I can integrate these regexs into the file types in Studio to create the placeholders.

Regards,

Ben


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