Backing up for disaster – DV3

(Author: Victor Dewsbery, Patrick Germain, Daniel Benito)

What you should back up:

  • Your main MDB or MDBs (each of which consists of at least 4 files, and all are equally essential).
  • Your TDB or TDBs.
  • The settings file (settings.mdb), which is normally located in the DV3 directory, unless you have changed it to work in a net, or for backup purposes (See DV3 Settings Info).
  • Current project — be careful, in some cases it may be necessary to have the same directory structure.

Tip: Suggested utility for data backup: Syncback (freeware).

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Would you like to add missing spaces in the end of a target sentence?

When exporting your project/file, you are presented with the message above. It is not an error message, but an option.

Because we are translating cells, it is pretty easy to forget to put a space after a period. This would generate a text without spaces between sentences.

E.g.: I love dogs.I love cats.

This option puts existing spaces of the source cell into the target cell. In a normal situation, this is what you want. Click YES.

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Special Fonts – Veronika DV

(Author: Endre Both)

Endre Both modified a couple of fonts to be used in DV. To downolad them, click here.

From Endre:

The fonts Veronika Sans DV and Veronika Serif DV are adapted from the Bitstream Vera Sans and Bitstream Vera Serif fonts, respectively. Please read Bitstream’s original copyright notice in the enclosed copyright.txt file.

The following modifications have been applied:

1. The space character (unicode no. 0020) has been replaced with the middot character (unicode no. 00B7, the character used in Microsoft Word for displaying spaces when the option “Tools/Options/View/Formatting marks/Spaces” or “…/Formatting marks/All” is checked).

2. The non-breaking space character (unicode no. 00A0) has been replaced with the degree character (unicode no. 00B0, the character used in Microsoft Word for displaying non-breaking spaces when the option “Tools/Options/View/Formatting marks/Spaces” or “…/Formatting marks/All” is checked).

N.B. Both the dot in the space character and the degree sign in the non-breaking space character are placed lower than the original middot and degree signs to facilitate differentiation between them.

Please send comments and suggestions to “abo at endreboth dot com”
Thank you.

Endre Both
2005 March 22

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Exporting an unfinished translation (DV3)

You can export an unfinished translation if you answer “No” to the question “Would you like to add missing spaces to the end of target sentences?”

If you answer “Yes“, Déjà Vu will ask for codes, making it difficult to export. In this case, you should clean those spaces using the SQL command:

UPDATE Pairs SET Target_xy = “” WHERE Target_xy = ” “

xx stands for your target language code.

Try to export again, but this time answer “No.”

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Paragraph delimiter is not working

First, be sure “Prevent segmentation” is not selected in the import filter.

If this is not the case, remember:
(Judy Ann Schoen’s explanation)

On Macintosh systems, lines of text are terminated with a carriage return, ASCII character #13. On Unix systems, lines are terminated with the new line character #10. On Windows, they’re terminated by both: CR LF.

When Mac or UNIX files are converted into Windows files, those paragraph markers act funny. They look like proper paragraph markers, but are not. You can search for the ASCII 13 or 10 character and see, what you actually got in your file.

To find a carriage return, type ^013 inside the find box; to find a new line, type ^010. Replace them with normal paragraph marks.

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Number checks – DV3

Export your Lexicon, clean it up, and use an empty TDB to perform a number check. Number checks are faster if your TDB and Lexicon are empty.

Select “Also check numerals” in Tools > Options > Terminology Checks” and go ahead.

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Searching the memory using wildcards

(Author: Emilio Benito)

Are you aware that in Déjà Vu you can use asterisks in your searches?

For example, you can type con* fil* in target, select the text, right-click and select ‘Scan as source’ from the context menu. Déjà Vu will return MDB pairs which contain words beginning with ‘con’ and ‘fil’, such as:

Config filename:

Confirm File Move

Config file:

configuration file

Confirm File Delete

Confirm Delete of Read-Only File

etc.

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