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memoQ 2015: memoQ files in Trados Studio - translator instructions


To open MQXLIFF files from STP for translation in Trados Studio, you first need to make sure that your Studio is ready to work with memoQ files and then translate using the resources provided, and finally deliver a translated MQXLIFF file.


1. Prepare your Trados Studio

All Trados Studio versions can handle MQXLIFF files from memoQ, but the way to get there is different in each version of Studio.

Studio 2017

When working with Studio 2017, you need to make sure the file type settings are correctly set to avoid Studio automatically locking segments when opening the file. See below screenshot for what you need to look out for. In File > Options > File Types, find the memoQ file type and open the Segment status mapping page. There, make sure to set the highlighted fields as per the screenshot. After your settings are OK, proceed to translating the file(s) as usual in Studio. 

Studio 2015

Studio 2015 has file type definitions for memoQ MQXLIFF files and can import them directly with Translate Single Document

Studio 2014

You need to install the memoQ file type definition from the SDL App Store, then the file can be imported with Translate Single Document.

Studio 2011/2009

You need to rename the file extension of the file you have received from MQXLIFF to XLF, then open the XLF file using Open Document in Trados Studio.

Note! If you are unable to open the file and get warnings about language mismatch, please change the standard language settings in Trados Studio to match the source and target languages of the XLF file.


2. Translation

  1. Once your Studio version is ready, open the MQXLIFF file using Translate Single Document/Open document or create a project to easily process multiple files.
  2. If you have received a translation memory in TMX format, create a new TM for the job via Project > Project Settings > Language Pairs or open an existing one and import the TMX.
  3. Once your translation is finalized, press Save Target As (Shift + F12) and save the file under its original name and extension. If the file has an XLF extension, change it back to MQXLIFF now.
  4. Deliver the files in mqxliff format. 

NB: Make sure to deliver a translated MQXLIFF and not the Studio file (SDLXLIFF)! We can not use your SDLXLIFF files, regardless of file extension.