Converting txt into tmx
Thread poster: Doris Wolf

Doris Wolf
Member (2010)
French to German
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Nov 18, 2015


As I am working with Wordfast Pro and one of my clients with Trados, I was asked to convert my TM into tmx which wasn't any problem from a technical point of view. However, the client can't open my tmx file. What can be the problem and how can I solve it? Thank you in advance!


Tony M
Local time: 04:41
French to English
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Simple manipulation for your client to do Nov 18, 2015

This is well explained in the Wordfast manual, which it would be a good idea to read on this topic.

Basically, your client won't be able to OPEN the .tmx TM; what they need to do is simply create a new Trados TM, and then IMPORT your .tmx into that. It is the work of a moment, once they have understood what is involved.

Alternatively, ask an obliging colleague who uses Trados to do it for you!


Soonthon LUPKITARO(Ph.D.)  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:41
Member (2004)
English to Thai
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Text editor Nov 18, 2015

TMX can also be opened as text file with a text editor e.g. Notepad.

Soonthon L.


Doris Wolf
Member (2010)
French to German
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Explanation Nov 18, 2015


Thank you very much for your answers.

I realized that my issue hasn't been expressed correctly, sorry. Here more details:

Of course, the client has imported the tmx TM into his Studio version (and I don't have any doubt that they know how to do), however, I have been notified that the content couldn't be found there. I am wondering about because I could perfectly see the content when I opened the TM before exporting it.
Thank you!


Adrien Esparron
Local time: 04:41
Member (2007)
German to French
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Could be a language coding problem Nov 18, 2015

If you can "open" the TM and see the content, then you have a syntax problem somewhere. It could be just a language coding question. I mean, for instance, that DE-DE in Wordfast could be not understand by Trados?

It could also be a question of declaration :

< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"? >
< tmx version="1.4" >

Such problems can be examined with tools like TMXValidator (Swordfish), Okapi Olifant or XBench...

Good luck!


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