Puzzled by Alt+Down behavior, WF Pro 3.4.4
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Hirundo Dutch Language Services
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Jul 22, 2015

I am puzzled by the behavior of Alt+Down in Wordfast Pro 3.4.4.
Is it intentional or am I doing something this wrong?

I am proofreading a translation using the original TM (= TM that has not yet been updated with the translation). Alt+Down (next segment TM commit) seems to do as follows, regardless whether "Perform TM Lookup automatically" is selected or not:

(1) WF commits the current segment to the TM,
(2) moves to the next segment, and then
(3) instantly overwrites the translation there with a fuzzy match from the TM.

I find automatically overwriting in step (3) unacceptable. Instead of showing the translation, WF immediately replaces it with a wrong (because fuzzy) match! Why does it do that? WF should not blindly insert from the TM if there is a translation already; it makes proofreading impossible.

Is there not one key combination to commit the current segment and move to the next one without automatically overwriting it?

Alt+End (commit current) followed by Ctrl+Down (next segment no commit = lookup in TM without inserting from TM) seems to do that, but I find two actions (four keys) for something so simple too cumbersome on long texts.

Thanks for helpful answers!

Joachim


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John Di Rico  Identity Verified
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French to English
Preferences Jul 22, 2015

Dear Joachim,

You are not the only one to experience this frustration.

The secret lies in changing your preferences so that Alt+Down arrow commits but does not leverage the next segment.

You do so by unticking the box in this section of the preferences: http://screencast.com/t/xWWbONqkTSLq

I think it might be better to replace a preference tick box by making a new command and assigning a shortcut. This way you don't have to go back and forth ticking and unticking this box between jobs.

My suggestion:
Alt+Enter could be used to commit current segment, confirm it (if unconfirmed), and move to next segment without leveraging the next segment.

Currently Alt+Enter is used to unconfirm a segment (all segments are confirmed by default) and also to confirm it if it had been unconfirmed. WFC uses F10 to do the same thing. The shortcut to confirm/unconfirm a current segment could be replaced with F10.

Comments? Other ideas?

Hope this helps!

John


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Thanks, and agree with suggestion Jul 23, 2015

Thank you very much, John.


My suggestion:
Alt+Enter could be used to commit current segment, confirm it (if unconfirmed), and move to next segment without leveraging the next segment.


Yes, and I also think that not leveraging should be default behavior.

The current default behavior (when I click "Restore Defaults" in the settings in your screenshot) is to leverage the next segment. I saw that means that WF will automatically replace translations with fuzzy matches without warning me; I do not consider that a safe working environment.

Or is there a good reason to make this unsafe behavior the default?

Joachim


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