This is quite a beast of a dialog, but it's impossible to wrap such a complex operation in a simple dialog. So, deep breath, and let's go:
- Add Source Fields. These are the fields in your glossary that do have equivalents in TBX. Don't add fields that have no equivalent, those will automatically be handled as generic notes. To add a new field. double click on the empty line at the end of the list. To delete, select a field and press the Delete key on your keyboard. Once you are done, click on a field to select it and move to the next step:
This has no function for Core, where you can only choose Entry or Term ID fields.
- Select the corresponding TBX Field. The contents of this list depend on the dialect you chose in the TBX options. Below the list, you see some features of the TBX field, mainly interesting if you want to edit the file in a text editor later.
Note that crossReferences refer to term or entry IDs. If a referenced ID does not exist, your TBX is technically invalid. The Converter does no verification here.
This is not visible for Core.
- If your current field has no fixed list of values, move to step 5, otherwise the Value Mapping tables are visible. They are separated for conversions to and from TBX. First you define mappings into TBX: Select one of the possible TBX values, and then add one or more field values on the left. A bit cumbersome, but since multiple source values may map to the same TBX value, it has to be done that way. Repeat until all possible source values are covered.
But what if your source value is a plain text field and can have any value at all? For example, you may use an equivalent to partOfSpeech, and your source has more values than the 4 that TBX allows. In that case, use a default value. Choose the fall-back TBX value on the right (e.g. other) and enter an asterisk * in the left column. Now all undefined source values will convert to other in the TBX output.
Or you can just not do anything and they will convert to generic note fields. All depends on what suits your workflow.
This is not visible for Core.
- It's much easier to map from TBX. Just enter the glossary values in the right column, line by line. You can use the same value more than once: for example TBX defines 6 term types, while your glossary may only know 2. Leave a line empty, and the output value will be empty, too.
- TBX allows to assign ID values to entries and terms. These are mainly interesting for cross references. If you want to preserve them, you can define glossary fields that correspond to TBX IDs. Leave these empty if you don't want to convert IDs. For example an Excel glossary may have a column called Entry ID, in which case that's what you enter here.
Note that the Converter automatically creates entry IDs in TBX, if none are defined in the glossary.
- The current dialect, just as a reminder, since it affects the available fields.
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