Long time no see! This May has been pretty busy (:-)) and I haven’t had much time to write new posts for my blog, but I hope to make up for it in the near future as I am going to have a few days off this week (Thursday-Sunday).
Since I have some free time today I decided to find solution to my segmentation problem connected with one of the projects I currently work on. According to the client’s requirements the text should be divided into segments also after semicolons (;) and he sends translation memories which are segmented accordingly. Vendors who use CAT programmes which are not set-up appropriately won’t get 100% matches from the TM, which may result in inconsistencies and will certainly lower their efficiency. I have received a manual how to change these settings in Trados, yet as I prefer to use memoQ in this project I needed to come up with my own solution. After doing some research on the Internet and reading memoQ user manual it turned out that the solution is very simple:
- You need to open the Resource console window in memoQ.
- Go to the tab Segmentation rules.
- Click the Create new link to create a new set of segmentation rules for English.
- Click the Edit link to modify them.
- In the Edit segmentation rule set window enter the new rule ;#!#[\s] in the text field in the left column (Rules). #!# stands for segment break, [\s] for space and ; for semicolon.
- Click the Preview button in the upper right corner of the window.
- In the Segmentation preview window put the semicolon in any place and click Preview to check whether the rule works.
- In order to use this segmentation rules set you need to choose it in the Settings > Segmentation rules tab.
I have tested the rule using the files from this particular project and it works nicely. If you detect any cases in which it doesn’t, please let me know, so that I can modify it or add an exception. If you want, you may download this segmentation rules set by clicking the button below [wpdm_file id=1]. This week I am going to write another manual concerning segmentation rules, so stay tuned!