Working with Placeholders
A placeholder is a visual representation of a piece of embeddable markup. Rather than exposing the actual markup to the translator, a placeholder is used to indicate the position of the markup within the segment. This ensures that translators cannot alter the content of the embeddable markup. Instead, translators are only allowed to position each placeholder in the target text in the correct location for the translation. WorldServer requires that all placeholders that are in the source text also appear in the target text.
To view the markup that is represented by the placeholders, click the Placeholder button for that segment. Note that if the placeholder is extremely long, it may show only the beginning and end portions of the markup, with an ellipsis in between.
Figure 62: Working with Placeholders
Placeholder Order
As you perform your translation, you may find that you need to reorder the placeholders in order to preserve the correct formatting. For example, say you have the source segment Read the <i>Users' Guide</i> <b>documentation</b> first. This might be represented in the WorldServer Browser Workbench as Read the {1}Users' Guide{2} {3}documentation{4} first. If you then translated this into Spanish, you might find that the order of the words in the sentence changes and you need to reorder the place holders as follows: Lea {3}la documentación{4} de {1}la guía de los usuarios{2} primero. While you can change the order of the placeholders in the target segment, WorldServer has the following requirements:
  • You must have the same number of placeholders in the source and target segment; any variation from this will cause an error that will prevent you from saving your translations.
  • WorldServer does not allow you to change the contents of the placeholders. For example, if the source segment has <i> and </i> tags, you must use the same tags in the target.
Tip: If you enter content that looks like a placeholder (that is something like {4} ), you will need to escape the curly braces. For this example, you would type \{4\}.
Placeholder ID Numbering
In general, placeholders are numbered in sequence from the first segment in the asset to the last. If you use matches from Translation Memory that have tags that are not present in the source entry, you may see placeholder IDs that are out of sequence as you are working. The ID sequence generally resolves once a server roundtrip takes place (such as when you save an asset, or add a segment comment), if not before. The temporary inconsistency is not a cause for concern.
You are most likely to see numbering inconsistencies when you work with assets or translation memories (TMs) that are also used by SDL Studio 2011. The following cases illustrate placeholder ID numbering.
Parent Topic
Using the WorldServer Browser Workbench