WinAlign 2011 fails to align two fully identical tables properly
Thread poster: Artyom Timeyev

Artyom Timeyev  Identity Verified
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May 5

I have a source file, a list of deviations from a production process, in a large table (two columns: deviation no., description of deviation).
I translated it by hand in Excel, and now I want to add the data into my Trados database.
I'm trying to do this using WinAlign (SDL Trados 2011).
I copied the source table into an MS Word document titled "source", the translated table into another document titled "target".
When I run WinAlign, it gets everything out of whack, although the two tables have the same number of entries.
It would take ages to manually readjust its alignment.

Is there something I can do - maybe fiddle with the settings somehow - to make it see that it should just align the table entries? For some reason it splits a sentence apart each time it comes across a colon (":").

Maybe there is a way to tell it: "align each subsequent table entry with each subsequent table entry, disregarding the colons, periods and other punctuation signs".

[Edited at 2017-05-06 04:23 GMT]


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Frank Zou  Identity Verified
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Convert table to text May 9

Artyom Timeyev wrote:

I have a source file, a list of deviations from a production process, in a large table (two columns: deviation no., description of deviation).
I translated it by hand in Excel, and now I want to add the data into my Trados database.
I'm trying to do this using WinAlign (SDL Trados 2011).
I copied the source table into an MS Word document titled "source", the translated table into another document titled "target".
When I run WinAlign, it gets everything out of whack, although the two tables have the same number of entries.
It would take ages to manually readjust its alignment.

Is there something I can do - maybe fiddle with the settings somehow - to make it see that it should just align the table entries? For some reason it splits a sentence apart each time it comes across a colon (":").

Maybe there is a way to tell it: "align each subsequent table entry with each subsequent table entry, disregarding the colons, periods and other punctuation signs".

[Edited at 2017-05-06 04:23 GMT]


I would suggest you give it a try after you "convert table to text" for both files and replace the colons with Tabs or other symbols.


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