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TRADOS Structure

Information about the topic structure

On the right side of the editor view, each line displays a coloured rectangle with an abbreviation. These rectangles - and the text within them - reveal the structure of the topic file.

In most translation work, this may not be useful information. However, if you are trying to locate specific information, or wish to keep a an eye of the structure, these rectangles are useful.

Note: The structure in library files may we unfamiliar, simply because these are - as the name implies - a library of information elements provided for reuse.

  1. T+ = Title

    Every topic file has a title. This title is shown in the manual, and in the table of contents.

    In some library files, several titles are provided. Some of these may have the "###" prefix, which means that you do not need to translate them.

  2. CON = Concept

    This is a division that holds text and/or images. It can also hold a link to information provided by a Library document.

    Example:

    Do not copy these codes to the target language.

  3. CNB+ = Conbody

    This is a container. It can hold a link to information provided by a Library document.

  4. SEC+ = Section

    This is an organizational section in the topic that can contains an optional title plus text and/or section divisions. It can also hold links to information provided by a Library document.

  5. CSD+ = Section division

    This is an organizational section in the topic that contains text. It can also hold links to information provided by a Library document.

  6. FIG+ = Figure

    This is an image. In most cases, images will not need to be translated. In the Trados editor, they will then appear like this:

  7. LI+ = List item

    This is text provided as an item in a bullet or numbered list.

  8. SHD+ = Short description

    The 'short description' is a text that introduces and summarizes the topic. It is only found immediately after the title.

  9. IND+ = Index term

    This is an index term used to build the index at the end of the manual. Note that words in index terms shall not have capitalization, unless the index term contains a name.

  10. NTE+ = Note

    This is a note, warning or caution in the text.

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