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Re: How do you ensure the quality of translations?
Subject:Re: How do you ensure the quality of translations? From:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:<techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:00:19 -0700
I pick my foreign-language SMEs the same way I pick my translators:
native speakers of the target language, preferably in the target
country, who can also read the source language. They check the content
of the translation against the content in the source language after the
translators, who are native speakers of the target language, preferably
in the target country, who also read the source language, have checked
the copy. I wouldn't want SMEs proofing grammar, spelling, etc., in
other languages any more than I'd want them doing it in documents that
are not intended for translation.
If documents are technical, SMEs would be technical people; if marketing
documents, marketing people.
In cases where there are mutliple dialects of a target language, pick
the one most likely to be used by the largest number of users and stick
to it, unless you have budget for multi-country editions (I haven't ever
had it yet); the process needs to be completed *sometime* before the end
of the universe.
From: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
<Sometimes that is not enough. Both Spanish and English have major
<of localization. While technical folks can usually deal quite happily
<with tyres, kerbs and colours vs tires, curbs and colors, translation
<marketing materials must be checked by a team local to the target area.
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