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memoQ's MultiTerm XML export and its restrictions

memoQ can export term base contents in the MultiTerm XML format, so that the contents of your term base will be available in SDL MultiTerm. You can instruct memoQ to export a MultiTerm XML file in the Term base export settings dialog.

Because memoQ has a fixed property set for term base entries, MultiTerm XML files are exported with a very specific database structure. MultiTerm XML files exported by memoQ cannot be imported into MultiTerm term bases created with MultiTerm's default settings.

To make the import easier, memoQ saves the database definition along with the XML file. The database definition is stored in another XML file with the .xdt extension. In fact, memoQ saves 3 files when a term base is exported into a MultiTerm XML file.

term base.xml: This holds the term base contents.

term base.xdt: This describes the term base structure.

term base.xdl: This describes the term base entry layout. memoQ specifies a default entry layout to be used in MultiTerm.

In order to successfully import the XML file into MultiTerm, you need to transfer all three files to the MultiTerm environment.

Before the import, you need to create a new term base in MultiTerm, based on the database definition saved by memoQ in the .xdt file.

Important: To use MultiTerm XML files, you need Trados MultiTerm iX or newer, or any version of SDL Trados MultiTerm Workstation.

Export options for MultiTerm XML files

When you are exporting term base contents into a MultiTerm XML file, you can choose which fields. By default, memoQ will export all fields from term base entries.