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Find Multiple Text

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Category: Quality AssuranceBack to Quality Assurance section

Summary:

This command is designed to accelerate proofreading. It will search the document for specific text, e.g. common mistakes, misspellings, etc, according to your list of words/phrases. Its operation is very similar to that of Microsoft Word's Find dialogue, however it can work with big lists of words and present you with the matches in document order.

When to use:

  • Checking translation for common mistakes (misspellings, potential project-specific or user-specific mistakes, etc.). Thus, you can compile a list of all common mistakes that were made on the project in the past and re-use it for checking further translations.
  • Finding specific text in the document if you are unsure about the exact word used. For example, if you are looking for references to the word "tank" or "vessel", you can enter both in the dialogue and it will find them for you.

Dialogue overview:

Screenshot: Find Multiple Text dialogue

  1. Word list area: Paste a list of words (words, word parts, phrases, etc) or type them into this field. Such a list can be created in Microsoft Excel or any simple text processor like Notepad. Items may be prepared in two formats:
    • Search item + line break (to separate from next item).

      Example:
      tank
      vessel
    • Search item + TAB character + special description (usually containing a short instruction on what to do when the item is found) + line break. The description will be displayed on the form (see item 2 below) when the search item is found so you can take the appropriate action (replace the word with the word indicated in the instruction, etc)

      Example:
      tank-->replace with 'vessel'
      border-->replace with 'boundary'

      Note: '-->' above indicates a TAB character


    For a case-sensitive search, add `[c]` to the beginning of the search string, for example:
    [c]FEED
    (this will find only words that begin with or are equal to this capitalized letter combination).

    For a wildcard search, add `[w]` to the beginning of the search string, for example:
    [w]<([0-9]@).([0-9]@)>
    (this will find all decimals with "." decimal point, e.g. 0.2, 123.45, etc.)
    Note: all wildcard searches are case-sensitive!
  2. Matches area: Shows the current match found in the document and optional instructions (description).

Click Find Next to find a next occurrence. To exit, click  x  at the top of the dialogue.

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