Tools to compare text?
Thread poster: Anita Karlson

Anita Karlson  Identity Verified
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English to Norwegian
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Oct 23, 2002

Hi,


Does anyone know of good tools to compare text for those of us without Trados?




 

Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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Which format? Oct 23, 2002

You didn\'t specify which text formats you need to compare - the most obvious is probably the revision marking function in MS Word.

 

Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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German to English
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general comments Oct 23, 2002

Judging from the only response I received to a similar question and a bit of web searching, there\'s very little available that\'s suitable for translators. There are several freeware/share file comparison tools avialable, but they\'re designed primarily for programmers. One that I found and have used, and am happy with (given its limitations), is CSDiff (freeware, see www.componentsoftware.com/csdiff) . If you are comparing Word documents, it uses the Word compare function, but it gives you a much nicer user interface (you don\'t have to open the documents first) and gives you a Word temp document that you can save with your own name.


Regarding the Word compare function, it is semi-OK. Its major weaknesses (as far as I know) are:

- It gets more or less confused if the documents being compared contain graphics and the graphics do not have identical locations in the two documents (as is usually the case).

- It totally fails with tables. If you must compare text in tables, first convert the tables to text -- which can involve a significant amount of cleanup work if they are complicated.



 


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