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Tagged Documents

MetaTexis includes built-in support for tagged documents. The following formats are supported: HTML, XML, XLIFF, SDLXLIFF (Trados), TTX (Trados TagEditor), TXML (Wordfast Pro), DITA, ResX, RC file, Quark Express, PageMaker, FrameMaker, Manual Maker, Interleaf, Ventura, OpenTag, Tagged PDF, MetaTexis language files, user defined formats.

"Normal" documents without tags are characterized by the fact that there is no text formatting (e.g. plain text documents), or that the code containing the formatting commands is hidden to the user (like in typical Word documents). In tagged documents the formatting code is visible and can be edited. The formatting code is usually identified by special delimiters and identifiers, usually called "tags". HTML and XML are well-known formats where tags are identified by the delimiters "<" and ">", e.g. "<p>".

In most cases the tags are not relevant for the translation itself and should not be handled or handled in a special way. Therefore, any document containing tags needs special special preparation.

While other CAT tools require you to prepare the documents with special programs, in MetaTexis the text preparation of tagged documents is one step of the Start Assistant. In the first step, you have to define the type of the document. When the Start Assistant is finished the document will be prepared for translating (see Start Assistant).

Basically, during the preparation of a tagged document, two actions are executed:

1.   Those tags which are an integral part of the text elements to be translated are marked with an internal character style (internal tags).

2.   All other tags are marked with an external character style (external tags).

All internal tags are colored red, while the external tags are in a light gray color. (To learn more about how internal and external styles work, see the Styles.)

Once a tagged document has been prepared by MetaTexis, you can immediately use the normal navigation commands to translate the text. Only those text elements containing normal text or internal tags will be shown for translation.

In the most cases, you will have to copy the internal tags to the target box. You can do this manually, but you are advised to use the following menu command: MetaTexis | Copy and delete | Copy formatted tag (default shortcut: Alt+Ctrl+Shift+Y). You can either place the cursor on the tag to be copied, and the tag will be copied to the end of the target box. Or you can place the cursor in the target box, and the next available tag will be copied.


How to open tagged documents

HTML Options

XML Options

OpenTag Options

XLIFF Options

User-defined Options

User-defined Options (special)