Thread poster: Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:01
German to English
Jun 1, 2002

I hope I\'m in the correct forum for this!

I have a document containing several \"Field functions\". They need to be translated and I\'m afraid I don\'t know how to go about it. They have the following form {Dokumenttitel/*CHARFORMAT} or {Dokumenttyp/*CHARFORMAT}. There are others with date, page number, etc.

I cannot simply write over them and I can\'t find any other way to edit them. Can anyone help?

Much appreciated.


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:01
English to German
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...Word document? Jun 1, 2002

Hi Alan,

I assume you\'re referring to field functions in a Word document.

AFAIK there\'s no easy way to translate them; in fact, you would need to know which Word version is used by the target audience.

Some fields are probably recognised automatically by Word - some others aren\'t. To give you an example, I regularly run into trouble with a field that is cross-referenced to \'Heading 1\'. Although the German version of word automatically converts a \'Heading 1\' format into \'Überschrift 1\', the field function does not recognise that and requires manual changing. To do this, of course, you need to know exactly which field names etc. Word is using in the target version.

Sorry I can\'t be of any more help...


Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:01
Member (2003)
Polish to German
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If it is a Word document.... Jun 2, 2002

you can select the fields and copy them into another document, where it should be easy to translate them. The problem with fields is, that the can be updatet by pressing F9 and then any changes within the field get lost.

To copy a field as a text and not a field you need to place the cursor between the first and the second character of the field-text and then scroll down to the end of the field and mark the second last character in the field. If you selcet the whole field it will be copied as a field - this is no help. But selecting the text between the first and the last character in the field allows you to copy only the text and paste it into another document, where you can translate this text ie. with TRADOS.

If these are drop-down fields or something likely, then you must go to the definition of the field. Right clicking on the field allows you to switch between field-function-view and normal-view. In field-function-view you can see how the field-functions are and where do they get their data from.




Alan Johnson  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:01
German to English
Thanks Jun 2, 2002

Ralf and Jerzy. I think I\'ll just get in touch with the client tomorrow and ask what I should do.


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