Translating .XLS files in SDL Trados 2006: is it possible to hide specific tags?
Thread poster: Francisco Paredes Maldonado

Francisco Paredes Maldonado  Identity Verified
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Mar 20, 2007

Hi everyone,

I work in videogame localisation and I frequently have to translate Excel format files in SDLX. Unfortunately, these files frequently represent line breaks within a cell as tags, such as "\n" or "".

Since SDLX does not cut off the segment when it comes across one of these, I end up getting pretty massive segments without a single line break, like this:

"\n\nYou must have the highest score to advance to the next stage.\n\nScorings:\n\n1st position - 1000\n2nd position - 800\n3rd position - 400\nKills - 300\n\nOpponents and obstacles will slow you down during the race.\n\nYour highscore is the addition of all the scores you achieve in a tournament."

This is pretty inconvenient to work with, as you can imagine, not to mention it renders the TM almost useless.

By toying with the segmentation rules I have managed to make SDLX cut off a segment every time it gets to a "\n" tag... but the tag itself still shows up in the ITD. It's better, but still not ideal, as the TM will still look pretty ugly.

My question is: is there any way to configure the Excel filter to ignore the "\n" tags completely, so that they do not show up in the ITD at all?

I have done a bit of research, but haven't had much luck so far. Maybe one of the SDLX experts in the house could shed some light on this issue? I would be eternally grateful for any advice.

Thanks everyone in advance!


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Stefan de Boeck  Identity Verified
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.ini Mar 20, 2007

Is there any way to configure the Excel filter to ignore the "\n" tags completely?

If you find a way to redefine the /n tag as external, your problem is solved.
(I've only done so for the html line break tag in TagEditor; I don't use sdlx.)

Good luck!

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