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Handling TMs in Wordfast

We have seen earlier how to create and open TM, using the Wordfast Dialog, Translation memory, "files" tab.

NOTE: This section refers to an old version of Wordfast and needs to be updated. Wordfast now uses a separate TM management module which you can access by pressing Ctrl+Alt+M twice. (or click on the toolbar). You can still get something out of this page as it describes the key functions.

On the files tab, there is one more button we have not covered so far : The "Export TM" button. Probably the easiest function. You click on it and Wordfast automatically generate a TM in "*.tmx" format, which can be used with most CATs on the market.

The next tab is called "Service". These options will allow you to re-organize your TM, merge your current TM with an other one, or reverse it. Each function is clearly explained in a tooltip that shows up when you mouse over a button.

The next tab is named "Compress". I strongly advise you read the manual's section before using this function. The ideas is that you may not interested in TUs matching certain criterias (For instance, TU that were never re-used) and this function allows you to remove any such entries. TMs have a tendency to grow large, but you might not be interested having thousands of segments which have never been of any use in your project and are not likely to reproduce themselves. You can also delete all TUs from a specific user. Every once in a while you will find in a TM that one of the translators was not competent, or did a brush off, and you would like his TUs to be deleted from the TM.


Then, we move onto "Attributes". Refer yourself to the definition above. You can add a set of sample attributes by clicking on "Sample". The column on the left specify the type of the attribute. It is greyed out but CAN be written in. Simply put the cursor inside the field and select a type of attribute. The first attribute is "User ID" and it contains you user name. Clicking on "Clear" will remove all attributes, but one, the User ID.

On the right columns are the attributes proper. To create attributes, press the "Insert" Key. To edit an attribute, press "Enter". "Delete" will delete the selected attribute, after a warning message.

On the bottom left, you will find a check box marqued "Enable penalties". When this function is enabled, you will be able to select specific attributes and lower their match level by whatever penality you would like to apply. This is clearly explained in wordfast.doc.

The last tab, TM rules, is important especially when proofreading your documents. This will determine what happens to the 100% matches when you correct them. Do your corrections replace the current TU in the TM, do you add a TU, or do you leave the existing TU unchanged

See wordfast.doc for more informations.

Next thing you should learn about is segmentation.