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SDL Trados WinAlign Tutorial, Level I

 


 

III.   Creating a new project

 

III. Creating a new project

 

  1. Go to the File menu and select New Project or click the New Project icon in the toolbar. The New WinAlign Project dialogue box appears.

 

 

 

  1. By default the General tab is activated in the New WinAlign Project dialogue box. The settings on this tab allow you to define the characteristics of the alignment project you are about to create.

    1. Under Project Name, give your project a name (e.g. WinAlign_Project). 

    2. Under Source Settings, click on the Source Language button and select French (Canada). Click the OK button.

    3. Under Target Settings click on the Target Language button and select English (Canada). Click the OK button.

    4. Under File Preferences > File Type choose Microsoft Word 2007 (*.docx, ) from the drop-down menu.

 

 

 

  1. Click on the Files tab to choose the files to be aligned. 

    1. On the left-hand side of the dialogue box, under French (Canada), click on the Add button. The Add Source Files dialogue box appears. Find the file WHO - obesityFR.docx in the sub-directory you created at the beginning of the exercises, select it and click the Open button. 

    2. On the right-hand side of the dialogue box, under English (Canada), click on the Add button. The Add Target Files dialogue box appears. Find the file WHO - obesityEN.docx in the sub-directory you created at the beginning of the exercises, select it and click the Open button. 

    3. To indicate that the files should be aligned, click on the Align File Names button. Alternatively, you can put your cursor on the blue sheet icon and make a drag and drop motion towards the yellow sheet icon. A solid line will appear between the two file icons and both icons will change to blue and green sheets.

 

 

  1. Click on the Alignment tab. This tab allows you to change the way in which WinAlign links source and target segments. In this tutorial you will use the default values; later you can make changes to the settings on this tab if you feel they could produce a better alignment.

 

  1. Click on the Structure Recognition tab. This tab allows you to align texts based on the format in the .docx files. You can indicate that the texts should be aligned on the basis of Styles, Paragraph Numbering or Font Sizes. In this tutorial you will use the default values; later you can make changes to the settings on this tab if you feel they could produce a better alignment.

 

  1. Click on the Interface tab. This tab gives you options to change WinAlign’s interface. First try using WinAlign with the default values; later you can make changes to the settings on this tab if you feel they could produce a better alignment.

 

  1. Click on the Export tab. This tab allows you to change the export options for aligned files to be used with a translation memory system. Under Format, select Translation Memory Exchange Format (TMX). You will later be exporting the files to Trados Studio 2009 or 2011.

 

  1. Click the OK button in the New WinAlign Project dialogue box. (See Note 1.)

 

  1. Save your project. 

    1. Select Save Project from the File menu or click on the Save Project icon in the toolbar.

    2. Find the sub-directory you created for the at the beginning of this tutorial and give the file the name of your choice (e.g.,WinAlign_Project).

    3. Click the Save button. (See Note 2.)

 

  1. You should now see the Project window (with the title of your project in the title bar), which contains the source-text filename on the left and the target-text filename on the right along with their corresponding icons joined by a solid line. 

 

Notes


  1. To edit the project in the future, go to the Settings menu and select Project.... The Edit WinAlign Project dialogue box will appear and will provide you with the same options as the New WinAlign Project dialogue box.
  2. If you receive an error message informing you that WinAlign has stopped working, reopen your project by double-clicking on the project file in the sub-directory you created at the beginning of this tutorial. 

 

 

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