The CAT Tool

Using Special Characters in Translations

A special character is a character that is not an alphabetic or numeric character; a character not found on a standard keyboard; a character which has a particular syntactic meaning depending on the language. The Smartling CAT Tool provides a menu of special characters that can be easily accessed and inserted in your translations.

You can easily insert special characters into the target field by opening the Special Character Menu and selecting the one that you need. 

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Special Character Menu includes the following special characters:

Special Character Purpose
Copyright Used to indicate that somebody legally owns the rights to make and distribute copies of a particular work.
Trademark Used to donate to a registered or unregistered trademark
Marque de commerce French language equivalent of the trademark symbol, which may refer to a registered or unregistered trademark
Marque Déposée French language equivalent of the registered trademark symbol, which is only relates to goods and services covered by the registration.
Left French quote Known as Guillemets, used as quotation marks in a number of languages.
Right French quote Known as Guillemets, used as quotation marks in a number of languages.
Left German quote Known as Anführungszeichen, used as quotation marks in German.
Right German quote Known as Anführungszeichen, used as quotation marks in German.
Zero Space Width A non-printing character used in computerized typesetting to indicate word boundaries to text processing systems when using scripts that do not use explicit spacing. Click here for more information.
Soft Hyphen Also known as syllable hyphen, is a code point reserved in some coded character sets for breaking words across lines by inserting visible hyphens.
Ellipses Also known as "three dots, used to indicate an intentional omission of a word, sentence, or whole section from a text without altering its original meaning.
Registered Used to denote registered trademarks
Dollar Currency
Yen
Currency
Pound Currency
Euro Currency
Cent Currency
BR Tag The HTML <br> element produces a line break in text.
WBR Tag The HTML <wbr> element represents a word break opportunity—a position within text where the browser may optionally break a line.
Non-breaking Space
A required space, hard space, or fixed space, is a space character that prevents an automatic line break at its position.
En Dash
Used to represent a span or range of numbers, dates, or time.
Em Dash
Used to replace commas, parentheses, or colons⁠ - depending on the context.
Non-breaking Hyphen
Used when you don't want text to break a line at the hyphen.
New line Hyphen
Used when it's ok for the text to break a line at the hyphen.
Word Joiner Used to indicate that word separation should not occur at a position, when using scripts that do not use explicit spacing
Zero-width non-joiner A non-printing character used in writing systems that make use of ligatures.

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