How can I avoid double entries in MultiTerm?
Thread poster: Vito Smolej

Vito Smolej
Local time: 16:17
Member (2004)
English to Slovenian
+ ...
Aug 17, 2006

The agency keeps sending me the same XML file and I keep adding. I already have triplicates (! - some people will NEVER learn...).

1. how can I avoid this in the future?
2. how can I clean up? Note that I have also single entries, so I need to start not from some XML, but from the actual content of the Termbase.

For 2, I'd probably go for an XLS copy and massage records there, but otoh this should be something that Multiterm should cater for.
I'd dare to go into Access also - bar an easier solution.

[Edited at 2006-08-17 04:48]


Denis HAY  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:17
English to French
Don't add your entries to the agency's glossary Aug 18, 2006

Hi Vito,

First, I would not add my own entries to the agency's termbase.

Multiterm allows you to use multiple termbases. Create one and import the agencies entries in it and keep it aside.

Now create you own empty termbase and make it the default termbase in TWB so that when you add entries, they are added to you own termbase and not a huge unified termbase.

This way, when your client sends you his new termbase, simply delete HIS termbase and import the new one. No duplicates and you keep your own entries in YOUR termbase.

To clean up a TM, tools such as Oliphant come in handy, but for Multiterm databases, I don't see anything both reliable and handy, as removing them one by one under Multiterm is quite tedious.

Kind regards,
Denis Hay


Vito Smolej
Local time: 16:17
Member (2004)
English to Slovenian
+ ...
You're of course right... Aug 18, 2006

I should not mix things... This is admittedly sloppy behaviour. On the other hand, it IS expressions that pertain to the customer's subject, so for now

i) I will keep my vocabulary off the customer's
ii) i.e. have customer's MT in the background

which still leaves my problem open, or even makes two out of one:

a) how to get rid of doubles - simple: create a new TM and dump the old one.
b) how to separate customer's fundus and my entries? I dont know, but my hope are the dates ...

Let's see. If there's any other ideas, welcome.

The original question (how to update instead of add) is btw still open too.



[Edited at 2006-08-18 19:42]

[Edited at 2006-08-18 19:43]


To report site rules violations or get help, contact a site moderator:

You can also contact site staff by submitting a support request »

How can I avoid double entries in MultiTerm?

Advanced search

SDL MultiTerm 2017
Guarantee a unified, consistent and high-quality translation with terminology software by the industry leaders.

SDL MultiTerm 2017 allows translators to create one central location to store and manage multilingual terminology, and with SDL MultiTerm Extract 2017 you can automatically create term lists from your existing documentation to save time.

More info »
Manage your TMs and Terms ... and boost your translation business

Are you ready for something fresh in the industry? TM-Town is a unique new site for you -- the freelance translator -- to store, manage and share translation memories (TMs) and glossaries...and potentially meet new clients on the basis of your prior work.

More info »

  • All of
  • Term search
  • Jobs
  • Forums
  • Multiple search