What is QA?
Thread poster: Heinrich Pesch

Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Jun 10, 2009

Many translation environments have QA-functions. It has something to do with quality. But how?
Could somebody explain why we should use the QA-function of a translation tool and what is the benefit?
I really don't know.


Hynek Palatin  Identity Verified
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Quality Assurance Jun 10, 2009

QA stands for Quality Assurance. The QA feature can check for missing translations, identical source and target, inconsistencies, incorrect tags, punctuation errors, numbers, forbidden words, and other potential errors.


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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What it is... Jun 10, 2009

Heinrich Pesch wrote:
Many translation environments have QA-functions.

QA stands for "quality guessing".icon_smile.gif

OKay, on a more serious note, it often involves checking for things that can be checked mechanically, such as punctuation, capitalisation, etc. It may not assure good quality but it helps spot bad quality. It may check for things like whether certain glossary words were or were not used, or whether certain rules were followed by the translator. Well, that's about the QA that I had experienced.


Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Quality Assurance Jun 10, 2009

Samuel and Hynek explained it perfectly. It doesn't guarantee a good quality but it automatically checks for things like missing or extra punctuation, the number of tags, that the terms in the glossary are used. You still need to proofread the document but since an automated QA tool has already caught the 'technical' issues, you can focus on the actual translation and not a missing period.

[Edited at 2009-06-10 22:26 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-06-10 22:27 GMT]


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