Trados segmentation problem
Thread poster: Pauline Gerdes

Pauline Gerdes
Local time: 01:15
Member (2013)
German to Dutch
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Aug 16, 2007


I have a problem with a Word file. Using Trados (freelance, 7) it only takes one character as a segment, if I try to use the expand option, it only takes the next character.
There are no spaces between the characters so that can't be the problem.
If I open up an other Word file to translate, and use the same TM there is no problem at all and the segments are taken as usual.
I even tried to copy the text into another new document, but this doesn't help either.

All solutions are welcome!


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Jerónimo Fernández  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
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I'm not sure I understand Aug 16, 2007

Hi there,

Sorry but I'm not sure if I understand. Say, you have:

"Good morning"

as a sentence to translate, then Trados opens "G" as a segment, then "o", then "o", then "d" and so on?

This is a wild guess but if the file doesn't have a lot of formatting, images, tables and stuff like that (ie: if it is mainly text) I guess you can follow this procedure:

- Open the Word file
- Copy all the content (Select all text and Copy it)
- Paste the text in Notepad
- Open a blank Word file
- Copy the text from Notepad
- Paste the text you copied from Notepad into the blank Word file
- Try to start translating

I hope this does the trick. Please let us know what happens.


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Local time: 01:15
English to German
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did the trick Aug 30, 2007

just had the same problem and found this forum. the procedure you suggested did the trick indeed. thanks Jeronimo!



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