Do not miss any final punctuation or trailing spaces when confirming a segment

Welcome to this new tooltip about how to ensure you do not miss any final punctuation or trailing spaces.

Segments frequently end in a full stop or some other punctuation mark that has been used as a segmentation point, and there might be a space after the punctuation too. They must be always preserved in the translation but sometimes translators forget to include them in the target segment. There are a couple of settings that will help you as a translator to ensure that the correct punctuation and spacing are always preserved in your translation. So make sure you have these settings on!

First of all, you should always see where there is some whitespace, be it a space, or a line break, or a tabulator. You can easily make whitespace visible by assigning some visual mark to it, which will be visible in Transit NXT’s interface only but not in the final document after exporting. Otherwise, you will be unable to see when there is a space or not, as in the screenshot below:

Whitespace is not displayed

You cannot see any trailing spaces

So, to make spaces visible you must activate the option Special characters in the menu View | Text/Markups:

Activate the special characters

Activate the special characters

If you want or need it, you may choose the visual marks of your preference in the User preferences, tab Special characters. In the screenshot below you can see mine:

Choose the visual marks of your preference for special characters

Choose the visual marks of your preference for special characters

Now the whitespace is easily spottable (notice the middle dots after “money.” and after “productivity.”), and it will be more difficult to forget to include them:

Whitespace is now visible

The middle dots stand for spaces

Secondly, there is a couple of checks that you may enable to run in the background every time you confirm a segment. To enable them, you should select the options Check spaces and Check end punctuation in Processing | Translate | Confirm:

Check final punctuation and spacing when confirming

Check final punctuation and spacing when confirming

Now, with these settings you will get a warning should you happen to forget any trailing spaces or final punctuation:

Transit NXT warns you if you miss a training space

Transit NXT warns you if you miss a training space

The same thing would go for missing final punctuation (full stops, but also colons or semicolons).

And that’s all for now. Thank you for your attention and see you in the next tooltip.

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About Michael Scholand

GILT professional with over 15 years experience in technical translation, business software and games localization. CEO and founder of STAR Servicios Lingüísticos. CAT tools and Translation Management Systems expert.
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2 Responses to Do not miss any final punctuation or trailing spaces when confirming a segment

  1. Pilar Arias says:

    Thanks for the tip, I didn’t know this function was there and I think it is good to be able to check this while translating.
    Unfortunately, the label on check should say “Check trailing spaces” because it doesn’t check the “leading” ones. ///Pilar

  2. Manuel Souto Pico says:

    Thanks a lot for your feedback, Pilar. You’re right, and I have forwarded your suggestion to our Support team and the team of developers.

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