The CAT Tool

Insert, Remove, or Move Tags and Placeholders

This article is for Translators and Editors.

Formatting and order of content in a translated string may need to be different from its source. In this article, learn how to insert, remove, or move HTML tags and placeholders while translating in the Smartling CAT tool.

Tags and Placeholders

  Tags Placeholders

Represents inline HTML in source content.

Tags do not need to be translated, simply inserted into the correct place within the target.

Represents dynamic content that doesn't need to be translated. For example, content (from web or mobile apps that use "variables" in the code) that may change, such as a user's name.

Placeholders do not need to be translated, simply inserted into the target.

  • Code view: HTML tag such as <b></b>
  • Simplified view: HTML tag is, instead, represented by a number, such as 1, 2, 3, etc.

"Hello {{name}}, welcome to our website!"  

CAT Tool Examples
  • Code view: code.png
  • Simplified view: Numbers highlighted in grey, such as: 1_1.png

Characters highlighted in grey, such as: Screen_Shot_2017-11-13_at_4.57.13_PM.png

Copy Tags or Placeholders

There are multiple ways to copy tags and placeholders from source content to the translation field in the CAT tool:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut command + shift + I.
  2. Start typing a tag or placeholder that exists in the source field, and the tool will suggest a tag to insert into the translation field.
  3. Click on a tag or placeholder in the source field.

Want to see the code view of a tag? Click the tag toggle Screen_Shot_2017-11-13_at_4.45.12_PM.png in the editor toolbar.

Insert Tags or Placeholders

The Smartling default shortcut for Insert next tag is command/CTRL + G.
The Smartling default shortcut for Insert next placeholder is command/CTRL + E.

It's also possible to use the same shortcut to insert both tags AND placeholders. Use the Insert next tag or placeholder shortcut to insert both. (You must configure the shortcut in Settings > Keyboard Preferences.)

Let's use the following example where tags precede the placeholder: <b></b> {placeholder}

In the above example, when using the "Insert next tag or placeholder" shortcut, it will first insert the tags, followed by the placeholders when the shortcut is used for a second time.

Missing Tags

Any tags that have not yet been placed in the translation field will be shown with a red outline in the source. As you add tags to the translation field, the red outline will disappear from the source. This is currently only available in code view for tags, and not available for the simplified view.

Move Tags and Placeholders

To rearrange the order of tags or placeholders in translated strings, click on the tag in the translation field and drag it to a new location:


Delete Tags or Placeholders

To delete tags or placeholders in translated strings, place your cursor in front of the tag or placeholder you want to remove, and click delete.

If tags exist in the source string that have not been inserted into the translated string, you will get an error upon save. 

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