handling of txt.-type documents
Thread poster: Joakim Löfberg (X)

Joakim Löfberg (X)
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May 1, 2010

Could anybody please advise on how to handle a txt.-type document? The text is embedded in html-type encoding and when opening the document in Notepad it's hard to keep an overview and to know what must be translated and what not. What must I do in order to translate this type of document as smoothly and hassle-free as possible?


Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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Answer may be already here May 1, 2010

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What sort of file is it again? May 1, 2010

Joakim Löfberg wrote:

The text is embedded in html-type encoding

That makes no sense. HTML isn't an encoding, it's a tagged file format. I'm guessing that your file is either HTML or some sort of XML, i.e. it contains HTML-type tags. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Html#Markup
(BTW the file extension itself is mostly irrelevant. These are all txt files underneath, the HTML or XML extension is only an indication of what sort of tags to expect in there. Your particular file might have been renamed to txt to make it easier for computer-illiterate people to open with a text editor.)

Anyway, what you should do depends on what the exact format is and what your client expects from you. I'd guess you are probably expected to translate the content in between the tags and leave all the tags unchanged. I'm not sure how each CAT can do this for you, and in any case, you never even told us what CAT you have.

Also, the thread title is also way off base. TXT files are the easiest in the world to handle... the thread should say "Handling tagged files"... if I understood you correctly, anyway.

[Edited at 2010-05-01 11:12 GMT]


Ahmed Maher  Identity Verified
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Notepad++ May 1, 2010

Try using Notepad++, I have used it to handle a huge project. You can open your files with it, and you will find the text that need to be translated with a bold black font while the code text will be in another color and font.
It is freeware program, and you can download the latest version here

Ahmed Maher

[Edited at 2010-05-01 11:31 GMT]


Joakim Löfberg (X)
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Thank you May 1, 2010

Thank you for your advice, it's been helpful. Sorry for my ignorance. The text format is this:

!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"

[Edited at 2010-05-01 16:58 GMT]


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