Blog post dated Dec 17, 2018

Contrast Formatting

Across Trainer Tip

Ooh, what beautiful colours…

To some clients, formatting the target text like the source text is extremely important. This is quite simple if a paragraph contains only one formatting, because applies this automatically.

However, this is getting a little complicated if a paragraph contains several formattings such as character formattings (e. g. bold, italics, underlined, superscript, subscript, etc.) because you have to identify which formatting the individual words in the source text have and then apply these correctly to the target text.

The Contrast Formatting feature in the Target Editor in crossDesk makes this much easier for you. You may specify your individual colour scheme under User SettingscrossDeskContrast Formatting (hint: move the lighter colours upwards using the arrow buttons on the top right, so the black font is easier to read). You may of course also define your own colours if you don't like the default colours.

An Article by

Andreas Rodemann
Trainer Across Translator Edition

In the Check-In process of a document Across analyses the formatting of each paragraph. You will then see the results of this process in the dropdown-list in the Target Editor as "Styles and Formatting". You may now apply these different styles and formattings to your target text. But sometimes, it is not so easy to identify which style and formatting has been applied to which part of the source text.

In this case, simply turn on the contrast formatting with the button. Now you will see the different formattings for each paragraph highlighted in different colours in the contextView in the source text column.

But the same formatting does not have to be in the same colour throughout all paragraphs because the highlighting is done in the order you have specified in the User Settings and in the order they appear in the paragraph. At the same time the different styles and formattings are also highlighted in their respective colours in the dropdown-list.

This way, you don't have to apply each and every formatting by hand but rather only need to look in which colour the source text is highlighted, then select the source text that you want to format differently and then select the corresponding colour in the dropdown-list. Based on the colours you will see immediately whether you have applied all formattings and whether the formattings in source text and target text correspond to each other.

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Using the keyboard short Ctrl-Shft-a you can run through all formattings of a paragraph one after the other without having to touch your mouse. Should the dropdown-list not drop down then the respective paragraph only has a single formatting that Across will apply automatically to the target text.

One more hint to conclude this article: Depending on the source text crossDesk may have some sort of a "psychedelic" look, especially if you have created the source text file using OCR. Therefore, don't pay any attention to the formatting and leave contrast formatting turned off. The Across Quality Management feature will show you all paragraphs where the formattings from the source text are not included in the target text. Now you may apply all formattings systematically.

About the Author

Andreas Rodemann is a graduated translator with Chinese and English as working languages. He has been working as freelance translator with Across since 2009. Besides this, Andreas Rodemann has been moderator for many years and since 2014 owner of the “Übersetzer- und Dolmetscher-Lounge” (Translators and Interpreters Lounge) at XING where he is assisting fellow translators and interpreters with words and deeds far beyond Across topics.

Website: AR-Übersetzungen