How to ignore certain segments of a text while preparing file in Studio 2017
Thread poster: rober9

rober9  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:00
Member (2014)
English to Spanish
Apr 5

Hi all!

I have a .txt file to translate. When I add it to my project in Studio 2017, via the Prepare option, my doubt is how tell the Batch processor to ignore/lock certain lines. These lines are surrounded by the "##" string, i.e.:

##text not to translate1##
text to translate1
##text not to translate2##
text to translate2
##text not to translate3##
text to translate3

Once the sdlxliff is generated, the result should be:

Segm. 1: text to translate1
Segm. 2: text to translate2
Segm. 3: text to translate3

I tried creating a rule in the embedded content processor, but can't seem to get the regexp or settings right.

Thanks for your help!

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Nina Esser
Local time: 03:00
Member (Jul 2017)
English to German
Java resource Apr 6

I'm on Studio 2009 at the moment, but I think this should work for later versions as well: Tell Studio the file is a Java Resource file (normally .properties). There's an option in the files types section to specify that comments start with # and that comments need not be translated.

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CafeTran Training
Local time: 03:00
Member (2016)
Quick and Dirty Apr 6

My Q&D approach would be to paste your text in Microsoft Word and hide all lines with "##" via Find and Replace.

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_stephan  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:00
English to German
Text File Type Apr 6

Technically Nina's right. The catch is that by default the Java Resources file type expects a delimiter between the property name and the translatable string, which is not the case in your example. I'm not sure you can modify the filter to work with your file.

What you can do, though, is modify the text file type (note: the file type, not the embedded content processor).

This is the default document structure:

Opening pattern = ^
Closing pattern = $

Change the opening pattern to:


The filter should then skip the lines that begin with a hash.

Hope that helps.


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Stepan Konev  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 04:00
English to Russian
Try this Apr 6

Review tab -> Use this regex:

Alternatively, when in MS Word, you can Find and Replace this:
Find what (Use wildcards): (\##)(*)(\##)
Replace with (font format - Hidden): \1\2\3

[Edited at 2017-04-06 12:00 GMT]

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