Using Wordfast for English to English Revisions
Thread poster: Colin Bowles

Colin Bowles  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 13:47
Portuguese to English
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Dec 9, 2005

Would appreciate comments/ suggestions re using Wordfast when revising English documents. I regularly receive academic papers writtin in English for revision of the English. At present I use Word with the Track Changes enabled but a lot of papers have chunks (even whole paragraphs) from papers previously submitted to me for revision. I suppose using Wordfast for this would bring this up automatically from the translation memory (as it does when I use WF for translations). Does anybody out there use Wordfast in this way for EN-->EN revisions.

Thanks in advance.

Colin.


 

Deborah Shannon  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:47
Member (2002)
German to English
Features compatible with Track Changes... Dec 9, 2005

Colin Bowles wrote:

Would appreciate comments/ suggestions re using Wordfast when revising English documents.


Wordfast's normal mode of TM lookup isn't compatible with Track Changes, so I haven't tried anything along those lines, as I'm normally required to track changes too. Having said that, I find certain Wordfast functions really useful when revising:

- Dictionary 1 lookup: Ctrl+Alt+D (set to an electronic dictionary)
- Dictionary 2 lookup: Ctrl+Alt+F (set to google in my case)
- Reference search: Ctrl+Alt+N (google-like search in one or several reference folders)

These don't conflict with Track Changes, and even seem to work with the Wordfast toolbar closed (although that could be a bug rather than a feature, depending on your setup...)

So if all the legacy material is in a reference folder, duly set up in the Terminology/Reference tab, Reference Search certainly helps with locating familiar-sounding passages but won't transfer them into the document automatically.

I've heard there are tools that can find very similar passages of text - I've just never had the problem on a large enough scale to warrant looking into it.


 

Colin Bowles  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 13:47
Portuguese to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Focussing on a window Dec 11, 2005

Deborah,

I have tried using the Ctrl+Alt+D (and F) feature in WF and it works fine. Thank you very much. However, I am having problems with one particular online dictionary I use (www.dorlands.com/wsearch.jsp) as I can't get the cursor to focus in the search box, even if I use tabs and escapes. I wonder have you had (and got around) this problem?

All the best,

Colin.

Deborah Shannon wrote:

Colin Bowles wrote:

Would appreciate comments/ suggestions re using Wordfast when revising English documents.


Wordfast's normal mode of TM lookup isn't compatible with Track Changes, so I haven't tried anything along those lines, as I'm normally required to track changes too. Having said that, I find certain Wordfast functions really useful when revising:

- Dictionary 1 lookup: Ctrl+Alt+D (set to an electronic dictionary)
- Dictionary 2 lookup: Ctrl+Alt+F (set to google in my case)
- Reference search: Ctrl+Alt+N (google-like search in one or several reference folders)

These don't conflict with Track Changes, and even seem to work with the Wordfast toolbar closed (although that could be a bug rather than a feature, depending on your setup...)

So if all the legacy material is in a reference folder, duly set up in the Terminology/Reference tab, Reference Search certainly helps with locating familiar-sounding passages but won't transfer them into the document automatically.

I've heard there are tools that can find very similar passages of text - I've just never had the problem on a large enough scale to warrant looking into it.


 

Gerard de Noord  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 18:47
Member (2003)
German to Dutch
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Bypass the search box Dec 12, 2005

Hi Colin,

I couldn't test this because you have to be logged in on the site you mention, but I think you can bypass the search box. Try this string:

www.dorlands.com/wsearch.jsp?searchtype=words&searchterm={SearchWord}{Enter}

[quote]Colin Bowles wrote:

Regards,
Gerard


Deborah,

I have tried using the Ctrl+Alt+D (and F) feature in WF and it works fine. Thank you very much. However, I am having problems with one particular online dictionary I use (www.dorlands.com/wsearch.jsp) as I can't get the cursor to focus in the search box, even if I use tabs and escapes. I wonder have you had (and got around) this problem?

All the best,

Colin.


 

Deborah Shannon  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 18:47
Member (2002)
German to English
Merci, maestro Dec 12, 2005



That's clever, and should fly the term over to the search page at the very leasticon_wink.gif


 

Colin Bowles  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 13:47
Portuguese to English
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TOPIC STARTER
Thanks Dec 20, 2005

Deborah Shannon wrote:



That's clever, and should fly the term over to the search page at the very leasticon_wink.gif


Thank you all very much,

Colin.


 


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