Poll: Do you run any Quality Assurance (QA) checks outside of the tool in which you are translating?
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Edith van der Have-Raats  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Dutch
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Yes ... Oct 9

... spelling control in Word is a bit different than in my CAT, so I usually also export to a bilingual Word file to proofread. This has an added advantage: different formatting, so my brain sees it as a completely different text and it is much easier to spot mistakes. Sometimes I have Dragon read it aloud to me, so I can hear issues I could glance over when only looking at the translation.

Ekrem Dundar
Philippe Etienne
Vanina Guarnieri
Giovana Zaltron
Melanie Meyer
Natalie Lyssova
Roy Chacón
 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Other Oct 9

I would never call my trusted proofreaders and editors a tool. All my quality assurance checks are done by humans.

Christine Andersen
Kaisa I
Hedwig Spitzer Cáceres
 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:42
Spanish to English
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Other Oct 9

After cleaning up the translated draft, I go over it again, usually once, twice or three times, depending on the type of text and other things. Sometimes I'll send the translated documents to a colleague to check as well, but that's usually only when the texts are being submitted for publication in a scientific, technical or professional journal.

Ekrem Dundar
Giovana Zaltron
Teresa Borges
Timothy Wood
 

Daniel Gebauer  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to German
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Xbench Oct 9

I always use Xbench from ApSIC. Very helpful for detecting inconsistencies etc. Also a target Word version for spellchecking.

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Giovana Zaltron
Silvia Schulz
Sandrine Zérouali
Hubert Schwarzer
 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:42
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English to French
œuf corse Oct 9

If I relied only on QA checks from CAT tools, half of the things I pick up during thorough rereading (using grey matter components) wouldn't be caught.

Philippe


Christine Andersen
Hedwig Spitzer Cáceres
Noni Gilbert
Philip Lees
 

Vera Schoen  Identity Verified
Sweden
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Member (2008)
German to Swedish
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Yes, always Oct 9

After having checked the finished translation with the CAT, I always run it through an external QA-tool, then read and, if necessary, edit the finished translation in a bilingual Word-file.

Timothy Wood
 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 17:42
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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This generatrion is digital mad Oct 9

Old-fashioned simple, eyes, brain and red pen. On paper.

That way I catch practically all the real errors, and there are no false ones. Checking on screen is less reliable!
The electronic methods cannot tell the difference between form and from, or when I mean an or and.

The do not catch a lot of my typos, but they pick up a lot of false errors. So-called consistency is not always good English, and there are differences in capitalization and punctuation that come
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Old-fashioned simple, eyes, brain and red pen. On paper.

That way I catch practically all the real errors, and there are no false ones. Checking on screen is less reliable!
The electronic methods cannot tell the difference between form and from, or when I mean an or and.

The do not catch a lot of my typos, but they pick up a lot of false errors. So-called consistency is not always good English, and there are differences in capitalization and punctuation that come up, time after time, as false errors.

I run the electronic routines, but cannot trust them alone.
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Roy Chacón
Liena Vijupe
John Fossey
Marina Menendez
Teresa Borges
Hedwig Spitzer Cáceres
Philippe Etienne
 

Timothy Wood  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:42
Member (2005)
German to English
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I always run QA checks after my first draft is done. Oct 9

My QA workflow includes
1. spell checks from an outside source (not CAT tool);
2. checks for accuracy of numbers, bold/italics, formatting correctness, omissions;
3. read through the file for readability; this is my second or third draft, which becomes the deliverable.



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Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 13:42
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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Not QA, but other checks Oct 11

MemoQ's QA is good enough. It's the only one I use.
However, I run additiona grammar/spelling checks in Word, then I do the revision without the original, then another check. I rarely get any complaints, so I suppose this method is good enough.


Nikolay Novitskiy
 

Nikolay Novitskiy  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 20:42
Member (2018)
English to Russian
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In-built CAT-tools are enough 08:06

MemoQ offers a powerful and customizable QA tool. When carefully tuned, it can check almost everything and provide few false positives - especially when compared to Xbench (which mostly wastes your time rather than really checks for mistakes).

 


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