Tag: translating Trados Studio files in OmegaT

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Video: Don’t Translate in Studio If You Don’t Want to

This video explains the basics of translating SDL Trados Studio files in OmegaT to give you a general idea of the process: Two filters OmegaT has two XLIFF filters: the native one and the one from the Okapi plugin. The native filter requires that the text to be translated is placed between the “target” tags […]

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Do Not Rush to Fix Problems on Your Own

Technical problems in our line of work are frustrating, but it does not have to be this way. Last week, we had two similar situations with freelance partners, where the individual ran into problems with our files, but chose to spend time figuring out solutions instead of informing us: The first translator received a translation […]

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Segmentation Is Important

Segmentation means breaking translatable text into the smallest translation-friendly logical pieces. Because computer-aided translation (CAT) tools segment texts using very basic rules by default (such as breaking a paragraph into two or more sentences with a period between them), the result is often suboptimal. But it should not be this way. Poor segmentation makes it […]

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While We Are Waiting for the Best SDLXLIFF Filter for OmegaT


Right now, there is no easy way to process SDLXLIFF files in OmegaT. All current methods have their drawbacks. I already wrote extensively about translating SDLXLIFF files in the past, but after a few related discussions on the OmegaT forum, I decided to compile a short table listing all current SDLXLIFF translation methods. Until we […]

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How to Make OmegaT Like Tags in TMs Produced by Other Tools


OmegaT offers a pretty good level of compatibility with other translation memory programs, in particular SDL Trados and Wordfast Pro. But it’s not 100% yet. One of the challenges in this respect is the differences between the tags produced by OmegaT and other tools. This post offers a few best practices to tackle this challenge […]

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