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POST-TRANSLATION: BASIC PROOFREADING GUIDELINES
  Everybody makes mistakes (including proofreaders). The object of the proofreading exercise is to detect the mistakes of others while avoiding the insertion of new errors in the process.

You don't have to understand or be fluent in the languages of the documents that you are verifying in order to perform basic proofreading. The first order of business is to determine whether or not all of the content appears to be present in the target language translation. Compare and count the obvious in both the source and target languages:
– Count the number of paragraphs
– Compare sections with lists and count the bullet points

It's far easier to compare documents that have been printed than comparing them on a computer screen. Comparing printed documents will reduce the number of errors you might miss.

Any differential between the source text and target language should be double-checked (table of content line items, footnotes, pagination, etc.). The same rule applies to text. Although word count variations from one language to another are to be expected, if the difference appears high, it's a sign that there may be an error.

If the document contains graphics or text embedded in tables, verify that the text has been translated and that none of it is hidden from view. Don't forget to check headers and footers; translators often miss these, invariably assuming that translating them was not required. In PowerPoint files, the notes that accompany the slides can get overlooked by translators so compare the file (language) versions carefully

Most translators do a "Save As" of a document and work from the duplicate copy. They then translate text as they obliterate the source language text. It's not unusual for source language text to be left behind. So it's always a good idea to keep a watchful eye out for such leftovers.


Whatever the nature of the documentation or the language pair involved, we can assist you in determining what the specific nature of your requirements are. We have specific expertise in sourcing the appropriate freelance proofreading resource.


 PROOFREADING FOR MORE THAN 75 LANGUAGES

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  Bi-Directional Document Proofreading Service for virtually any language pair

In addition to providing document proofreading services from any language into the English, French or Spanish languages, we can also assist you with the translation of English language technical material into the world's most popular languages: English to Chinese; English to Arabic; English to German; English to Japanese; English to Portuguese; English to Russian; English to Korean; English to Italian; English to Hindi; to name but the most popular among the more than 75 languages that we can handle for you.

WE PROVIDE PROOFREADING & EDITING SERVICES FOR MORE THAN 75 LANGUAGES: ENGLISHFRENCHSPANISHCHINESEARABICJAPANESEGERMANKOREANITALIANPORTUGUESERUSSIANMALAYDUTCHPOLISHSWEDISHINUKTITUTALBANIANARMENIANBOSNIANBULGARIANCATALANCROATIANCZECHDANISH ESTONIANFINNISHFLEMISHCANADIAN FRENCHGEORGIANGREEKHUNGARIANICELANDICKURDISHLATINLATVIANLITHUANIANMACEDONIANNORWEGIANROMANIANSERBIANSLOVAKSLOVENIANTURKISHUKRAINIANASSAMESEBENGALIBHOJPURIBURMESECAMBODIANDARIGUJARATIHINDIINDONESIAN-BAHASAKANNADAKHMERLAOTIANMAITHILIMALAYALAMMARATHIMARSHALLESEPUNJABIPASHTOSINHALESETAGALOGTAMILTELUGUTHAIURDUVIETNAMESEFARSIHEBREWAFRIKAANSAMHARICHAUSASOMALISWAHILI
 PROOFREADERS' MARKS
Proofreaders' Marks as illustrated in/excerpted from the Chicago Manual of Style 15th Edition (click on image to expand)

Proofreaders' Marks

 PERFORMANCE COMMITMENT
  We are committed to providing you with the highest quality proofreading & editing service at the most competitive prices in the industry. We stand by every assignment and provide you with our quality assurance means peace of mind guarantee. We will work with you and your team to modify each document until it meets your approval, no matter how long it takes.

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