WordFast: How to cope with the tags?
Thread poster: Dinny

Dinny  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:21
Italian to Danish
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Jul 10, 2008

I have a giant job to do and the Word file is full of nice little red tags.

Normally, I just "copy source" and insert the translation around it. This requires a lot of mouse work and my mouse-arm is not very happy lately. Besides, whatever is delivered from my TM is quite useless... a full match becomes a mere suggestion.

And since I am facing some 120 pages full of tags... is there any other way around it?

TIA for any suggestion!icon_smile.gif



Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:21
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Finnish to German
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What filetype? Jul 10, 2008

Are they internal or external tags? Are the tags inside the segments (formatting tags)? Then I'm afraid you have to deal with them.
In Wf you can select the tags (and other non-translatabels) in the source hitting ctrl+alt+right and insert them hitting ctrl+alt+down.
Or you can, as you know, use copy source and start to translate in between.
Today I translated a html-file using forced segmentation, because the tags were mostly at the beginning and end of the segments.

We always should charge more for files with lot of tags compared to normal text.



Dinny  Identity Verified
Local time: 13:21
Italian to Danish
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Thanks, Heinrich - you are so right! Jul 10, 2008

The tags are all "in between" so I cannot see how I could ignore them... OK, it is sleeves up and head down, just see to get to the end of the document.

But I hate this type of documents! And you are so right, we should charge more - however, it often seems as if this tags issue just pops up when all the rest is agreed - and here comes the file! Arrrgh! I will try to get better at this!



QUOI  Identity Verified

Chinese to English
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Sharing my (HTML) tagging experience Jul 14, 2008

This was before I thought about the "Plus Tools" (it won't help if tags are in the middle of a sentence anyway.)

Using the "find and replace" function in MS Word, you find and replace < and > with two obscure punctuation marks such as "~" and "`" respectively (bad luck if they are used in the text). < and > in "find and replace" mean any character so you can't use them with wildcard later. Then, again using "find and replace" , give any text between "~" and "`" a non-translatable attribute, ie 25% gray, you need to tick the wild card box. WF will ignore these now non-translatable sections.

After you are done, replace "~" with < and "`" with > and you have those tags back.

It works albeit a bit cumbersome.

[Edited at 2008-07-14 07:13]


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