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RTF support: do we need it?

Jane has troubles with processing RTF files that she received from a client (see my posting in the Mac section). It is not clear to me of what kind these files are. Is this RTF an exchange format of mQ server? If so, can the client also provide mqxliff? Igor writes (see previous posting in this forum for source): 1. Open it in Ms Word or LibreOffice. 2. Save it as a .docx file (Word) or .odt file (LibreOffice). 3. Translate the file in CafeTran. 4. After the export, save back as RTF in Word or LibreOffice. // This may well ruin the RTF file of Jane, since for instance certain info is lost that Word cannot interpret. // Does this mean that CT should get the same third-patty RTF conversion module that e.g. Wordfast Pro and mQ use? This would making ct bigger and more expensive. So the answer to that isn't simple and I'm glad that I don't have to decide on this. // How about looking for an alternative workflow, e.g. via an external review table created in mQ? Or even better: get the originating data. Are they xml? Created by an authoring system/cms? Greetings from the former Hauptstadt der DDR!

MB: the client sent her a memoQ bilingual .rtf

This wasn't clear from the original posting, nor from the posting on the Mac part of this forum. Besides, it isn't clear from Jane's own website that the second RTF project also involved proofing, and I wonder if it does.

And why would you proof a bilingual RTF file in CAT?


workflow to translate a memoQ bilingual file in CafeTran:

copy content of target column in memoQ bilingual rtf

paste into empty .docx

translate this docx in CT

export translation from CafeTran

copy this

past back into original memoQ rtf file

note: make sure not to split of join any segments in your CT project, as this will mess up getting it back into the correct rows in the target column

The whole problem, from my very quick read of  is that the client sent her a memoQ bilingual .rtf (like in my screenshot above), meaning: yes, it can be done fine in CT, but would involve a bit of copy/pasting and conversion into .docx.

Look, I'm sick and tired of this nonsense. Tell (not ask) that Igor to add a feature so Jane can import samsung specific RTF files into CT. I mean, that's what it's all about. Features. Very samsung specific. Like with all the tables in RTF (not), notes (not), and whatevers (neither).


What the samsung does is completely irrelevant. Jane was sent an .rtf file, and CT can handle it if converted to .docx or .odt.


I am starting to think I am going crazy here. Hans, memoQ exports its bilingual tables as .rtf files, but it isn't the fact that it is an .rtf file that matters: but the form of the data inside the file. Not the underlying code, but merely the file's contents. How hard is this to understand?

This is an example of a memoQ bilingual file:

They just happen to use RTF, but it's basically the same concept as the bilingual tables that can be exported in CafeTran, SDL Studio, DVX, etc.


Nope. RTF is a standard, a proprietary standard (MS at that). You can't copulate around with it. Not even the samsung of CAT tools.


@woorden: of course we need to see what is in it before we can tell her how to translate it in CT. An .rtf file could contain anything. memoQ stuff, tables, no tables, old Trados stuff, etc. We all know that a simple e.g. Dutch text in an .rtf file poses no problem. Just convert it to .docx and translate it. But that doesn't seem to be the issue here. 

MB: ...we need to see the actual file Jane Ellis is talking about

Not necessary.


So young and already so wise ;)

Before speculating more about .RTF (as a format, its history, etc.), we need to see the actual file Jane Ellis is talking about. I posted a question about this on her blog (

It were the files created with the German WinWiord 6 and 2. Often based on Word 5 DOS legacy files. My god am I blessed that I do not have to cope with those anymore. There IS progression in life after all.

I never had any problems with the conversion from Word files to RTF for DejaVu and back, and I started using it in 1997 (DV2).


When I used dv 2 I had big troubles wth German word files version 6 and rtf conversion. Formatting destroyed. I admit this was when I didn't have any grey hairs.

Hans CafeTran Wiki: I know what RTF is

But yes, of course.

I'm asking whether it is used as an exchange format.

As I mentioned above, it was used as a project file format by several CAT tools, whereas .doc wasn't. So yes, it is/was used as an exchange format.

Like Igor, I never heard of any issues in this respect.


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