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Vito Smolej
Germany
Local time: 14:15
Member (2004)
English to Slovenian
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Jul 2, 2008

must be hard for some:

"....This was a project to be done in WORD, not UNICODE. This created a huge
problem for us and is very late. ..."

A little about the context: it's the mixup between the sources in Latin-1 and target in Latin-2. I delivered clean Latin-2 files. Somewhere on the way target (was) turned Latin-1, and the proofreader found a lot of é, where the character č should be (the two occupy the same position in 8bits, č in Latin-2 and é in Latin-1). I ticked off the changes and save all of it in UTF8 to avoid the problem in the future.

And then the above reaction of the agency.


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Gennady Lapardin  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 15:15
Italian to Russian
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I wish I had a handy coding converter Jul 2, 2008

Hi Vito,

your poster is as always intriguing.
A story like yours happened to me too a couple of times, when I used an MT tool (into Russian) and had the same mess with "non-standard" letters in Italian (although not in every Italian text). First of all, I told my client about it (without mentioning the use of MT) and continued translation only after this hidden problem had been understood and a solution agreed.
If it (MT) is not the case, then why didn't you use a Czech or Slovak or whatever, special keyboard?

Regards,

GSL


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Vito Smolej
Germany
Local time: 14:15
Member (2004)
English to Slovenian
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The intent of the message is not the character set screwup Jul 3, 2008

I like the agent, but I found the sentence "This was a project to be done in WORD, not UNICODE" simply hilarious. It shows a deeply seated, thorough ignorance of the issues involved. Well, some can survive on the Spanish to English diet for years ... But then the hammer hits: darn, help, Vito has been using Unicode instead of Word.

If it (MT) is not the case, then why didn't you use a Czech or Slovak or whatever, special keyboard?

On the use of a special keyboard - please ... Would I now slap my head and say, darn, how come I have not thought of it would be on the same unbelievable level as the Unicode/word joke above. No, much "unbelievabler": how could one translate 1M+ words to and from Slovenian without using a Slovenian keyboard?

I have been hunting the reason for these kind of screwups for years and I have never succeeded to get it out my few hairs left remaining. My hope is - and its among the ideas for future releases of Trados - that we would get a filter to switch translation memories to Unicode. Then those sneaky e-with-acute characters will be gone, and I will be "free, free at last..."

Regards

Vito


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