CSV filter for Wordfast Pro
Thread poster: Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar)

Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar)  Identity Verified
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Jan 24, 2011

Hi All,
I have just received a CSV file and were surprised to find that WordFast Pro has no CSV filter.
Would anyone have some hints how to develop one?
In particular, how to handle (1) a range of semi-colons, so that they are changed into a tag and do not form part of the text to be translated; (2) a return + new line string, i.e. \r\n ?
Thanks in advance,


Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
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MS Excel Jan 24, 2011

I always use MS Excel filter when I cannot find CSV filter in WordFast. WordFast keeps tags carefully but I have no idea about semi-colon and return+new line. I may save CSV as Unicode file, replace ";" etc. as tab and save again as Unicode (tab-delimited file) in MS Word. Translate and use reverse orders to save translation back into Unicode (tab-delimited file) > Convert text to table (in MS word)> Excel > CVS file.

Soonthon Lupkitaro


Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Convert to xls? Jan 24, 2011

I had many problems when translating csv via Word. When copying from Word some cells where left empty in the csv-file.
If again confronted with csv I would probably convert them to xls and translate them normally using the advanced wizard of WF Pro.


Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar)  Identity Verified
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Tagged CSV Jan 25, 2011

@Soonthon and @Heinrich,
thank you for your hints. Conversion to xls(x) is the easiest way. And (of course) works. The issue is that the file is heavily marked-up with HTML-type tags.

When I convert CSV into xls and open the resulting file in WFPro the tags are treated as text and the resulting segment could look like:

\r\nThis lesson evaluates....

and is all in one WFPro "cell".

When CSV is NOT converted into xls and opened in WFPro the same segment looks as follows:

(cell 1){ut1}Objective{ut2}{ut3}\r\n
(cell 2)This lesson evaluates

This latter method is nearly OK, but for the occasional \r\n strings or a number of semicolons that appear at the end of the cell.

Still trying....


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