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Aligning Files

When you create an alignment project, the original and translated files are matched and aligned by name. Although it might not be a common occurrence, there are a variety of reasons that a file from the original project might not be aligned with the same file in the translated project. The important thing is that you identify such misalignments and then correct them. You can do this by using the File Map window pane in MadCap Align.

The File Map window pane groups files found in both projects by file type. For each type, you can match the files together when necessary. There are a few operations for aligning files; you can shift the selected cells up and down, or swap two selected cells. After the files are aligned, you can manually upload them to your translation memory database.


How to align files

  1. Select Tools>Launch MadCap Align.
  2. In MadCap Align open the aligned project. Unless you specify otherwise, these types of projects are stored in the My Documents\My Aligned Projects folder on your computer. (Lingo creates the My Aligned Projects folder when you install the program).

    Note: In Windows 7 and Vista, the folder is called "Documents" instead of "My Documents."

  3. The File Map window pane should already be open. If it is not, do one of the following:
  4. (Optional) In the File Map window pane, you can use the Filter field in the local toolbar to choose the types of files to see in the window pane.
  5. Select the appropriate cell(s) on either the source language side or the target language side. You can hold down your SHIFT or CTRL key to click and select multiple cells.

    Note: The File Map window pane is populated only if you have files that require alignment. If the window pane is empty, there is no need for you to do anything.

  6. In the local toolbar, click one of the buttons to perform an alignment action (so that the source files on the left are aligned with the proper target files on the right).

    If you have selected two cells (one above and one below) and click this button, the positions of those two cells will be swapped.

    Click this button if you want to swap the selected cell(s) with those below it.

    Click this button if you want to swap the selected cell(s) with those above it.

  7. Press CTRL+S or click to save your work.


After you align files, you may need to double-click a particular file and align segments within it. See Aligning Segments.

You will also want to upload the aligned files to your translation memory database. To do this, you can double-click any of the aligned files in the File Map window pane. Then, in the Alignment Tool, you can select specific segments and click in the local toolbar, or you can click to upload all of the segments in the file.

See Also

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Lingo Quick Guide

Lingo Getting Started Guide

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