Re: Guidance for reviewers - localized content

Subject: Re: Guidance for reviewers - localized content
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:54:38 -0400

It's best to get the in-country reviewers to supply the correct terminology
translations, if possible. This way your translators are starting with
preferred phrases and terminology, and can better target other translations
based on those terms. There is no one to one translation from one language
to another, so having these preferred terms and phrases done up front and
validated up front (if the in-country reviewers would rather review this
first stab from the translators) is extremely helpful. Otherwise you will
have variations on how terms are translated, particularly if there is more
than one translator working on the job.


On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM, Kat Kuvinka <katkuvinka -at- hotmail -dot- com>wrote:

> Bill has great advice. IMHO, with localization experience at just one job,
> this can be tough. I had to be a negotiator between the translation company
> and the in-country reviewer. It was probably the hardest part of the
> project. Who is more "right"? Who understands the product or service better?
>
> It is up to you to decide whether or not a change is worth being made. I
> got some "this doesn't make sense" from the in-country review. Just
> remember to keep track of all suggestions made by your reviewers so the
> translation company is aware. It will be easier after the first round.
>
> Did you get a glossary translation? The reviewers should be aware of how
> any specialized terminology has been translated. For example, if you are in
> the medical field, your in-country reviewers should be given he
> definitions for the translated terms. They might disagree with these, also.
>
> I wish I could be more helpful, but to ensure quality this is an important
> and painful step. Are people do less localization? Used to be more of a hot
> topic...
>
> Kathee
>
>
> >
> > They should note the technical accuracy of the translation, phrases that
> > don't make sense, ensure proper use of terminology within context, etc.
> As
> > with any source language review, they should avoid any preferential
> changes
> > unless they have a compelling case to make them. They should also look at
> > appropriateness of layout, imagery, and color.
> >
> > Any reviews should be sent back to the translators and changes should be
> > make within the TM so they can be leveraged going forward (otherwise
> you're
> > paying for the same fix twice).
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 12:22 PM, Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com
> >wrote:
> >
> > > We're in the middle of our first localization effort, and we're about
> ready
> > > to have our team in the target country review the translations. And it
> > > occurs to me, while I've written up "How to be a Good Reviewer"
> > > instructions for technical reviewers, I haven't done the same sort of
> thing
> > > for reviewers who are reviewing for translation quality vs. technical
> > > accuracy.
> > >
> > > Anyone have a set of tips, articles, or favorite blog posts with tips?
> Of
> > > course, since we're talking translated content, we don't want our
> reviewers
> > > making unnecessary revisions in the doc, so I'd really like to provide
> some
> > > guidance to our team.
> > >
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References:
Guidance for reviewers - localized content: From: Julie Stickler
Re: Guidance for reviewers - localized content: From: Bill Swallow
RE: Guidance for reviewers - localized content: From: Kat Kuvinka

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