Tuesday, 10 May 2011
!Patched! Studio: Where is the XLIFF file in this return package?
But sometimes, the XLIFF file is "empty", in fact you didn't get any XLIFF file! Instead of it, a file in the native format... translated! (it could be worse!). You get no error message. The native file is to be found in the project folder My documents/SDL Trados Studio/Projects/[Project Name]/[Target Language].
This happens when the translator, used the batch sequence "Finalize" or the batch task "Generate Target Translations", for example to control his translation in context.
How can I see what will be sent in my return package? (advice for the translator)
In the file view, a file which has to be translated has the sdlxliff extension (See screenshot). With a double click on it, you open it the editor and are able to translate.
After using "Finalize" or "Generate Target Translations", you will see the extension of the native format (see screenshot below, here we have a *.docx file). The file has been converted back in its native format and a double click on it will open the default viewer of this native format (here, MS Word)
If you then create a return package, the file in native format will be joined in it (which sincerely doesn't make any sens to me...).
To avoid this, you have to apply first "Revert to SDLXLIFF file" through the context menu of the file itself to make the xliff file available again (first screenshot).
Then you can create a proper return package.
To check the translation in context, the batch task "Export file" is more appropriate. The XLIFF file stays active, and the package has to be sent only once!