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SDL Trados WinAlign Tutorial, Level I

 


 

IV.   Aligning texts

 

IV. Aligning texts

 

  1. To automatically align the texts, go to the Alignment menu and select Align Project. (See Note 1.)

 

 

  1. The Align Project dialogue box appears. When the alignment is complete, click the OK button. Alternatively, you may wait for the dialogue box to disappear after a few seconds.

 

  1. Double-click on one of the files to view the results of the alignment.

 

  1. The window that has opened allows you to view the alignment of the texts. The window is divided into three columns and two rows:

    1. At the top of the window you will see the source and target filenames with their corresponding icons joined by a solid line. 

 

 

  1. At the bottom of the window you will see the source text divided into segments on the left and the target text divided into segments on the right.
  2. In the middle column you will see dotted lines connecting the blue and green icons. Dotted lines indicate that the alignment of the pairs is unconfirmed. The distance between the dots indicates the certainty of the match according to WinAlign’s calculations. Close dots indicate a strong certainty and more distant dots indicate uncertainty.

 

 

  1. You can now check the alignment of the segments and correct it as necessary.

 

  1. Right-clicking on a blue and green icon gives you the option to commit the alignment (i.e. to indicate that the alignment is correct) or to disconnect the segments altogether (i.e., to undo a faulty alignment).

 

  1. If you see a blue or a yellow icon beside a segment, it means that that segment has not been aligned with a corresponding segment (or that you have disconnected the initial alignment for those segments). You can align two segments by clicking on one of the icons and dragging-and-dropping your cursor on the other unaligned segment. A solid line will appear between the two segments; all user-aligned segments are considered to be committed.

 

 

  1. If you find information in one text that does not appear in the other, WinAlign allows you to insert an empty segment by right-clicking on the sentence before or after where the information would appear, and then choosing Insert Segment > Above Current Segment / Below Current Segment from the contextual menu that appears.

 

 

  1. If you come across a segment that requires editing (e.g a typo or translation error), WinAlign allows you to right-click on the segment and choose Edit Segment from the contextual menu that appears. You can choose Quick Edit, which allows you to make changes directly in the segment, or Advanced Edit, which opens the Advanced Edit dialogue box where you can make changes to the text.

 

 

  1. WinAlign also allows you to split segments if one segment in one text corresponds to two segments in the other. You can do this by double-clicking in the segment to activate the Quick Edit mode, placing the cursor where you want to divide the segment, and then right-clicking and selecting Split Segment from the contextual menu that appears.

 

 

  1. You can join two segments by holding down the CTRL key on the keyboard, clicking on the segments to be joined, right-clicking and choosing Join Segments from the contextual menu that appears.

 

  1. If you wish to commit several segments at once, you can do so by holding down the CTRL key on the keyboard, clicking on the segments for which you wish to commit the alignment, and going to the Alignment menu and selecting Commit > Selected Units.

 

 

  1. If you have verified the entire document and you wish to commit all the segments at once, you can do so by going to the Alignment menu and selecting Commit > All Units.

 

  1. Finished verifying the alignment for the document by committing correct alignments and correcting alignment mistakes.

 

  1. Once you are finished, go to the Alignment menu and select Mark as Finished. The alignment window will close and you will see checkmarks beside the filenames of the texts you just aligned.

 

 

  1. Save the project by clicking on the Save Project icon or going to the File menu, then choosing Save Project.

 

 

Notes


  1. If you are not working with the files provided for this tutorial and have several file pairs to align, you may wish to align them one-by-one. To do so, you can select Align File Pair(s) from the Alignment menu. 

 

 

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