Wordfast Pro 4 does not accept TMs exported from Trados
Thread poster: Tania Samsonova

Tania Samsonova  Identity Verified
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Jul 10, 2016

My Wordfast Pro 4 does not accept TMs exported from Trados. I have followed every advice in the following topic:
http://www.proz.com/forum/wordfast_support/295093-problem_importing_tm_into_wordfast_4.html - and it still does not work.
What I have tried so far:
1. Just exporting various versions TMX and txt from Trados (I have 2007).
2. Adding the "missing line" (angle bracket)!DOCTYPE tmx SYSTEM "tmx14.dtd"(angle bracket) to the file header
3. Replacing the entire file header of my TMX with the one copied from a TMX exported from WordFast Pro 4.
4. Uploading the TMX in question into freetm.com (uploaded without any problems) and downloading it back. I tried both Wordfast txt format and plain tmx. The former was rejected as corrupted (?!), and the latter was "imported" but the number of the imported units was zero.

It is probably a known issue, but please help, I am at the end of my wits.


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John Di Rico  Identity Verified
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Try WFP3 Jul 11, 2016

Dear Tania,

I had a problem importing a Trados TMX the other day and was quite frustrated as well. In the end, I imported it with WFP3. If you have a WFP license, you can download, install and license both WFP3 and WFP4 on the same computer.

WFP3 indicates what the problem was: several invalid XML characters that usually start with &#x.

I opened the TMX with a plain text editor and replaced those characters with what they should represent (usually apostrophes, quotes, hypens or dashes).

I was then able to import into WFP3 and 4.

I submitted development tickets to fix this issue so that these TUs are automatically fixed (if possible) or they are ignored and the TU is skipped.

Hope this helps, kind regards,

John


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Looks like Trados introduces rubbish on purpose? Jul 11, 2016

John Di Rico wrote:

Dear Tania,

I had a problem importing a Trados TMX the other day and was quite frustrated as well. In the end, I imported it with WFP3. If you have a WFP license, you can download, install and license both WFP3 and WFP4 on the same computer.

WFP3 indicates what the problem was: several invalid XML characters that usually start with &#x.

I opened the TMX with a plain text editor and replaced those characters with what they should represent (usually apostrophes, quotes, hypens or dashes).

I was then able to import into WFP3 and 4.

I submitted development tickets to fix this issue so that these TUs are automatically fixed (if possible) or they are ignored and the TU is skipped.

Hope this helps, kind regards,

John



I remember from 15 years ago when Microsoft introduced non standard code into htm-code so Netscape would not be able to display the page correctly. Perhaps Trados has taken up this tradition?


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John Di Rico  Identity Verified
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Help! Jul 11, 2016

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

I remember from 15 years ago when Microsoft introduced non standard code into htm-code so Netscape would not be able to display the page correctly. Perhaps Trados has taken up this tradition?


Not sure… are there any SDL Trados gurus trolling the Wordfast forum that can explain what these invalid XML characters are?



John


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Tania Samsonova  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Jul 14, 2016

John Di Rico wrote:



Thanks John, that was so helpful!
However, I discovered a possible reason for the TMX not importing - it was marked as EN-US and the original project was EN-AU. As soon as I changed the language tags in the TMX file to EN-AU, all segments imported without a problem. Stupid of me not to think about this earlier.

However this method seems a little roundabout, and I still don't know why txt file was declared corrupted, so I will definitely try your recommendations next time.


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