Useful tips and tricks for translators on LT

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Edit 09/2017:
I renamed the thread from "How to format lyrics" (something like that) to "Useful tips and tricks for translators on LT" to make it a more general "tips and tricks" kind of thread.

Hey! It might well be that this post isn't neccessary at all or relevant to you specifically, but if it is, read on.
Sometimes you may find lyrics that are in UPPERCASE letters. What do you do when you want to make it so that only the first letter of each line is a capital letter?

1. Open Openoffice or Word
2. Press and hold the ALT key. This enables you to highlight columns of text, which means you can highlight all other text except for the first capitals of each line.
3. Go to Format -> Text -> Lowercase. Done!

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Thank you, I didn't know how to highlight not the first letter in this automatic way.

However, there is another possibility (at least in LibreOffice, I don't know about those other programs):
1. Click ctrl + a to highlight the whole text
2. Click on the right mouse key and choose "Change Case" and then "Sentence case", thereby capitalizing only the first letter of each line. (You may have to change the formatting of the text, though, sometimes texts are formatted in a way that treats whole paragraphs as one line.)

Afterwards, if it's an English text, open "Find & Replace" in the edit menu, type " i " in the search box and " I " into the replace box and click on "replace all". Repeat with " i'" and " I'". Thereby you capitalize basically every instance of the word "I".

EDIT: I took a look at your video, and saw that your method doesn't work. Even if holding the Alt key, you don't only select all but the first letter, but, depending on the width of the letters, sometimes also not the second letter. In your example in only works since the first words already were capitalized properly. You'd first have to format the text to have letters of equal width.

Editor
Joined: 23.04.2016

Hmm, maybe it really does depend on the width of the letters too, but I found that you have to really align the selection accurately. That is, first select the first part of letters which you want to decapitalise and then drag the selection to the right.

I first had the full text in capitals only, but I took several screen recordings to get everything right.

Editor
Joined: 16.02.2016

You can use Shift+F3 to switch between all caps, no caps, and word-initial caps in Microsoft Word.
Ctrl + A --> Shift + F3

Editor
Joined: 23.04.2016

Oh, thanks, it appears to work in Libreoffice too. (I just saw that in the "Text menu" too.)

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Microsoft Word has a button that allows you to uncapitalize words, leave everything in minuscules or simply capitalize the first letter of a sentence/verse. It's always worked with me.

BTW, I marked this as 'Sticky' so it wouldn't be lost with time.

Editor
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Oh, thanks Regular smile

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https://convertcase.net/

always worked for me

Editor whimsical chatterbox
Joined: 14.09.2013

For the geeky types, notepad++ is the kind of tool that can convert the whole Bible to lowercase, uppercase or any mix you like for breakfast.

It is rather meant for programmers, but can be quite helpful for translators too: search and replace, spell checking, reliable undo system, saving drafts to disk, HTML formatting, solving character encoding problems (it won't loose all the diacritics after a copy-paste)...

The main advantage over word processing softwares is that it's quite lightweight and easy to use. If you stick to its basic features, it looks indeed like a more user-friendly version of notepad, with a few dozen languages available for the interface.

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I agree, notepad++ is great. I sometimes use it at work and it also came in handy on programming courses I did.

Editor
Joined: 23.04.2016

Software recommendation: clipboard manager

What is a clipboard manager? You probably know that when you copy a piece of text or some other file, each time you select another file, the previous one gets overwritten.

A clipboard manager allows you to have a "memory" for your copied files. It makes copying segments of text faster because you don't have to find the segment and highlight it again, you can just press Alt+V and double click on the entry. Ditto (the clipboard manager I'm using) also has a built-in search function.

Ditto can be downloaded here: ditto-cp.sourceforge.net

For a tutorial on setting up Ditto, watch this short video (duration 4 minutes):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5LZzQrLutQ

There's probably tons of other clipboard managers out there which you could use but this is what I use. Gets it's job done.
 

Editor
Joined: 16.02.2016

In Microsoft Word, under Home Tab, the first section is "clipboard" and if you click on the little button in the right bottom corner of the section, it will open a clipboard manager that will collect up to 24 items.

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I've been using a browser extension named Lazarus (for Firefox), but for some reason it is no longer working. I'll give a check at your suggestions, thanks for them, BTW Wink smile

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Alma Barroca wrote:

I've been using a browser extension named Lazarus (for Firefox), but for some reason it is no longer working. I'll give a check at your suggestions, thanks for them, BTW Wink smile

Using Lazarus, too, and it's still working. But I don't use Firefox but Pale Moon.