Provisional Segments in Wordfast Classic

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If you want to leave a segment in a temporary, "provisional" state because it has not been completely translated (because its translation requires knowledge you will receive only later, or because you're missing some specific terminology), press F10 on the segment while it is opened. This will mark the current segment as provisional with a fluorescent yellow marker, and move to the next segment.


Later (the translation session being closed, i.e., no segment being opened), pressing F10 again will take you back to the first provisional segment in the current document and open it again so you can finalize it. When you close (validate, or commit) the segment by pressing Alt+Down Next segment or Alt+End End translation session, the segment will lose its provisional segment status, and the yellow marker will be removed.


A provisional segment can be finalized (its translation completed) at any time, even days after you marked it with F10. Cleaning-up a document is impossible as long as the document still contains at least one provisional segment.


If you deliver uncleaned (segmented, or bilingual) documents, make sure they do not contain provisional segments. Simply press F10 on a document to see if it contains any provisional segment.


This method is safer and faster than leaving marks like $$$ or XXX, which can be forgotten.


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