trick 4 working in a fixed row height table w/ sm font? can't see target seg!
Thread poster: Lesley Jackson

Lesley Jackson  Identity Verified
United States
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Oct 9, 2010

Hello. Anyone know a trick for working with WF in a table with size 5 font? Can't see target segment... can't see what I'm typing. Sometimes can't see source segment either (but I know it's open). This is a very tightly formatted brochure, all fine print, and all the tables are fixed row height. It's a .DOC file, Word 2000, Windows XP, WF 5.53 (anything else?). Many thanks!

[Edited at 2010-10-09 17:34 GMT]


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Piotr Wargan  Identity Verified
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Paragraph spacing could be the answer. Oct 9, 2010

Hello,

I have had this problem too

A possible remedy (worked well in most cases) could be to change the paragraph spacing (line spacing) to a very small one. The distance between text rows will shrink and the target row should appear - some experimenting may be necessary.


Bye,

Piotr

[Edited at 2010-10-09 18:02 GMT]


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William [Bill] Gray  Identity Verified
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Change the row height settings.... Oct 9, 2010

I usually reset the row height to "at least", then any extra text expands the row so that I can see the segment. Then afterwards go back and change to "exactly" or whatever your version calls it. And while working on the text, I increase the view to about 200% or more, which makes 5point look like 10 or 12.

But make sure you keep a copy of the original, so that you can check the heights again on the final review. And make sure you don't change the height measurement itself, only the "at least" should be changed, and the percentage view.

Best of luck....


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Lesley Jackson  Identity Verified
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I figured it out! Change table properties in my working doc... Oct 9, 2010

Thanks, Piotr... you helped my thinking. I realized I could just change the table properties so row height is not fixed. Now the cells accommodate the WF segs and I can see what I'm typing! Thought of this before but was hesitant to mess with formatting. But it's just a matter of going back to the (untouched) source doc after cleanup, checking the properties for each table row, and resetting them in the translation doc. A little extra time... but no more than translating the tables outside WF would take. And the tables appear to be pretty uniform. Plus, this will leave me with an intact TM for the project. I think this should work. Live and learn!

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Lesley Jackson  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Bill... glad for the confirmation Oct 9, 2010

Didn't see your post before sending mine. Yes, I *always* keep an untouched copy of the source doc LJ

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Piotr Wargan  Identity Verified
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Good to meet other WF users Oct 9, 2010

in the Trados dominated world

Good luck with these tables

Bye, bye

Piotr


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xxxNMR
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Maybe the client doesn't care? Oct 9, 2010

Lesley Jackson wrote:

But it's just a matter of going back to the (untouched) source doc after cleanup, checking the properties for each table row, and resetting them in the translation doc. A little extra time... but no more than translating the tables outside WF would take.


Maybe the client doesn't care, because the texts within the tables will be used in another application (a CMS, for instance)? This is the case, for instance, if you receive Excel files where you cannot see the whole cell. I now reformat the cells until I can see the whole text and can compare the source and the target columns, and didn't have any complaints yet.

Good luck.


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