A frequent complaint against SDL Trados Studio 2009 is that sometimes the program doesn’t find matches the user is sure are in memory.
The problem is real and we have seen it, but I believe that sometimes what the user is complaining about is a mismatch between Studio 2009 and Trados 2007.
In Trados 2007 it was possible to search a concordance only on the source text. This was a severe drawback (no target concordance), but it was simple to use: highlight some text, click on the concordance button (or hit F3), and you got your results.
In Studio 2009, on the other hand, you can find concordances not only on the source, but also on the target. This is great, but it also means that depending on where you highlight text, you may not get the results that you expect.
For example, if you copy your source text to target (to overwrite it – a frequent technique when translating marked-up text). You have on the right of the editor’s pane (the target part), text that is still in your source language. You highlight a few words, because you are sure you had encountered them earlier, and want to see your previous translation. You click F3 to invoke the concordance search…
…and don’t get any match. Yet you are sure you have that string in memory. What happened?
What happened is that if you selected the text in the target part of the screen, and then called the concordance search, you were searching for a concordance on the translated text – but since the text you selected is not translated yet, the concordance doesn’t return any result.
If you selected the same words on the left (the source part of the screen), then launched the concordance search, you would get the result you expected:
So, even though it is true that Studio 2009 sometimes does not return matches you do have in memory, the program is not always to blame – just remember to launch your concordance searches from the appropriate side of the screen.
Update – Solutions for different concordance searches
Thanks to SDL’s Paul Filkin – here is how to handle the different concordance searches in Studio 2009:
- F3 will take the source when you are in source, and target when you are in target
- Ctrl+F3 will always search the source no matter where you take the text from.
- Ctrl+Shift+F3 will always search the target no matter where you take the text from.
…and (again according to Paul), you can even customize these shortcuts, to better suit your needs.
I like having a tool with a rich set of options – even if that sometimes means a steeper learning curve.