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Hi all,

I'm just working on a long collection and I would like to use an external spell checker for a final check. As mentioned in the other thread, the Gengo spell checker is unusable in my pair (EN>DE) because it creates ten times more false alarms than useful warnings. This is mainly because the internal spell checker does not recognize most compound words and inflections in German. I assume that many pairs with other target languages than English have similar problems.

The easiest thing I can imagine would be to copy my target text to a Word file and do a spellcheck there. But my present collection consists of 250 segments and I surely won't copy every segment individually. Is there some trick I can use to get all my target text from all segments into the clipboard? If not, it would be great if Gengo could implement a keyboard shortcut for this.

Any other ideas?

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    Alexander

    Place your cursor in the top left corner of the first segment (in the source text), and drag down to the bottom right corner of your screen (outside your browser window). The page will scroll to show more segments. Keep the mouse pressed until no more segments appear. Release the mouse. Copy the selection (all source segments + all target segments) into a separate document and use your programming skills to filter every other line away so only the target segments remain.

    Suggestion 1 to do this filtering: using a tool that understands grep, search and replace every ([^\r]+\r)([^\r]+\r) by \2

    Suggestion 2 to do this filtering: paste the text into column A of a spreadsheet; in each column B cell, place a formula that copies the A cell in the same row only if the row number is divisible by 2; copy column B into your text editor for the spell check.

    Alas, I do not know a trick to import the corrected text back into the workbench.

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    kvstegemann

    Alas, Alexander, it's not so easy. Did you try the first step of your suggestion? When I do what you say to select all segments and copy the selection anywhere (say to Excel), all sorts of ballast are copied as well, every carriage return WITHIN source or target text is generating a new line in Excel and so on. I can't see any sort of formula or code that would be able to sort this out. Certainly it does not work with counting lines.

    (Of course I do not need a trick to import the correction back to the workbench. The number of typos in my text is so small that it's no deal to fix them manually when I have found them :)

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    Alexander

    Yes, I tried... on a job with only single line segments.

    If I make it "use your advanced programming skills to recognize the language of each line", would that be helpful? :-)

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    kvstegemann

    Cool! I never thought of that ... :)

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    Vox Nipponica

    Trying to achieve portability of the data is the wrong angle here. Your browser is already the tool you need: install a spellchecking extension into it and add your favorite dictionary list of choice to scan the content as-is. I've not done this personally but it's the immediate answer that comes to mind.

    Requiring the user to click and drag and paste is extremely primitive and not a scaleable solution.

    Also, use of grep for filtering in this manner is contraindicated; it is a blunt tool that will perform too slowly on large datasets.

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    Alexander

    A browser extension would be nice indeed, but if none is available that meets your needs, exporting to your text editor of choice would be the second best thing.

    Perhaps Gengo could extend the current options to show the source and targets texts next to or below each other (Horizontal / Vertical) with one to hide the source and show the target texts only. Thus it would be possible to select all segments the way I described before, this time without the source.

    Of course, an option to save the complete translation as a text file on your hard disk would be much more convenient, but I guess that's harder to implement on Gengo's side than simply suppressing part of what is shown in the current interface.

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    Vox Nipponica

    Try this, there are countless other iterations available

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/german-spelling-dictionary/

     

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